Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Childhood immunisation against varicella zoster virus

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 19 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1164

Rapid Response:

It’s the economy, stupid.

Whether the UK adopts universal, even compulsory, immunisation
against the chicken pox virus, would appear to depend on a heady mix of
pharma-political chicanery, society’s comprehension, or lack of it, for
the scientific crystal ball gazer and the taxpayer attitude to further
massive financial risk taking. And this is probably why the BMJ has
commissioned an economist to report on the success of the American
experiment in varicella vaccinatory compulsion.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 August 2008
Mark Struthers
General Practitioner
Bedfordshire, UK