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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-15-09 06:04 AM
Response to Reply #180
184. No. Not necessarily.
How a government weighs the risks and benefits for a populations is bound to be different than how an individual does it. There could be any number of reasons, cost included, why other countries wouldn't include a particular vaccine. I think the two most important things to consider from an individual standpoint is the safety and efficacy itself. Whether or not a country opts to use it alone doesn't point to safety or efficacy. And neither seemed to be the main issue for the UK. It seemed mainly, as you say, to be a cost/benefit as it pertains to their entire population. Not as it relates to an individual. They didn't even ban the vaccine, so it isn't a safety issue. It's available. It's just not a part of the regular routine. So, I don't see how one would point to that as evidence that it isn't safe, and that it would be cause for concern, or that it wouldn't actually benefit an individual.
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