Health chiefs are preparing to vaccinate the entire population against swine flu.
Vaccinating people has a risk all of its own: some people do react and do die.
There\’s also some number of people who actually get \’flu from the vaccine. No, not very many but it isn\’t entirely unknown.
So, there needs to be offset against the reduction in deaths that would be caused by an epidemic svoided those deaths that occure in avoiding the epidemic.
Now this is of course a technical decision, one that needs to be taken by the wonks who know the relevant rates and incidences, not something for a lone blogger to decide upon.
The thing is through, given the quality of decision made by such wonks in the recent past, who has confidence that they\’ll make the right one?