Tinctures in General Absinthe Discussion Posted November 14, 2005 · Report reply As for the flu/vaccine discussion, never underestimate the value of "herd immunity". Just check the following out: New Englang Journal of Medicine Article Abstract re: Flu The upshot is that vaccinating children may be more valuable than focusing on the elderly or otherwise healthy adults. I'm all for vaccination (if safety is sufficiently higher than not vaccinating). Wish I'd had access to a chickenpox vaccine when I was a kid. I wouldn't have to deal with getting shingles when the damn virus comes out of hiding in my nervous system (kinda like herpes simplex - "cold sores"). At least one of my kids is young enough to have been vaccinated. The older two both got chicken pox... Think too of the recently developed human papillomavirus vaccine (causes genital warts). This revolutionary vaccine is going to prevent almost all cases of cervical cancer (turns out most are a result of this viral infection). The vaccine has a terrific safety record in adults and testing in adolescents/children is underway. Sadly, administering it to kids is going to be necessary given the increasingly early ages that kids have their first sexual experiences.