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I was very surprised that National Insurance didn't cover flu vaccines. I think I paid like Y4000 for it.

You would think that in a culture that so highly values not missing work, they'd provide whatever resources they could to not getting sick.

(Ironically, in the US where it's almost always free through insurance or dirt cheap if not, I hardly ever get one, as I'm not generally exposed to crowded trains and buses full of coughing, sneezing people, and germ encrusted handrails.)

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mandatory inoculations were halted in 1993 after their side-effects came to public attention.

What side effects? Temporary nausea, headache, dizziness, etc?

MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccine is still required in most US states/cities in order for children to attend school. The benefits easily outweigh the minor side effects. (which of course do not include autism, which is a debunked rumor. I believe the charlatan who published the bogus "study" that started the autism nonsense was actually convicted for the crime in the UK.)

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What side effects? Temporary nausea, headache, dizziness, etc?

Indeed, what side effects? They couldn'tupdate/improve the vaccine in the last 15 years?

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The side effects on the public coffers perhaps? I think it's ridiculous that many vaccines are covered by national insurance, but some other equally important vaccines like this one are voluntary, meaning the patient/parents have to pay for them.

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Idiots don't vaccinate their kids and this is what happens.

The MMR is fine, it has saved lives and prevented permanent disability.

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Japan doesn't offer the MMR and parents, as stated, have to make appointments and pay for this vaccination. It ALWAYS does the rounds at daycares/kindys here and numerous kids get sick. Needless and I can only think there is some monetary reason why MMR is not here and why the mumps vaccination isn't free. Heck, kids don't even have to show vaccination records to get into public daycares/schools here. When the anti-vaxxer stance takes root here, look out!

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Flu vaccine is for the elderly, MRr is for children. Look left, right then left again when you cross the road. It's not rocket science.

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Flu vaccinations are also for kids. Perhaps you should look left and right before crossing?

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What side effects? Temporary nausea, headache, dizziness, etc?

Meningitis was the main concern.

They couldn'tupdate/improve the vaccine in the last 15 years?

Good question. I can't find an answer to that one.

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I believe the charlatan who published the bogus "study" that started the autism nonsense was actually convicted for the crime in the UK.

It isn't as easy as all that to bring criminal charges against a qualified physician, even if the will is there, and it doesn't seem that it was.

Your charlatan is Andrew Wakefield. He was never charged with a crime. His paper was retracted by the journal that published it (and his coauthors withdrew their names from it), and he was struck off the medical register, meaning he is banned from practising medicine in the UK.

Loss of reputation and the forcible termination of his medical career amount to a light punishment if you look at all the ways in which Wakefield cheated, crossed strict (and clear) ethical boundaries, and sought to profit financially from discrediting a vaccine and flogging his alternative.

He's now in America, unrepentant and looking to do further damage. His latest endeavour is a film called Vaxxed, released a few months ago. It's bound to be rubbish, even by the low standards of the people it panders to.

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