GPs have the green light to start a vaccinating against shingles and, if the programme works, medical officers predict that chicken pox vaccination will follow.
Do we really need a vaccine for chicken pox? Isn’t it part of childhood? Isn’t pointing out chicken pox scars part of teenage romance?
Are we going to produce a vaccine against falling in the playground and getting a scabbed knee?
I understand that scientists justify their salaries by endlessly producing minor life-improving discoveries. But there is a point at which you feel sorry for politicians making budget choices.
Can’t we all live with little Johnny running a temperature for a week and spend the money on some more nurses instead?