I say we live with it - spend the money on nurses instead

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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?