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The Independent View: NHS should routinely offer chicken pox vaccine to children

Chicken pox. One of those “mild” childhood illnesses that most of us assume just has to be endured at some point. Sure, it itches like crazy, but what’s the big deal?

That’s how I saw it until two friends of my four-year-old son went down with it in the same month. They described the misery their children went through, the sleepless nights for all the family, the seemingly endless quarantine. And worse: it can put children in hospital, and occasionally even kill them.

As the dreaded varicella zoster virus seemed to creep ever closer to my son’s unprepared immune system, I …

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    Brian - As I always ask when people criticise the conference agenda, did you submit any motions yourself? Because that is how this party works....
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    Paul, I expected you had read such works. When you write "What especially qualifies someone from the private sector or the military to understand how...
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    @Joe Otten Culture is indeed important, but it is heavily influenced by institutions, and there is considerable feedback between the two. As such having worker...