New York City now has a mandatory influenza vaccination law for small children in daycare.
We've known for some time, thanks to meticulous data review from Britain's Cochrane Collaboration, that children 2 and under would do just as well with a placebo than a flu vaccine. So I'm a little disappointed to see Mayor Bloomberg make such an anti-science policy move.
Also, given the low rate of effectiveness for this vaccine--coupled with the lack of guaranteed vaccination coverage of other relevant parties, (parents, day care providers, bus drivers, cab drivers, Fed Ex and postal employees entering the facility, maintenance employees, and pretty much anyone the kid is in contact with outside of daycare), "herd immunity" is a pipe dream, anyway.
It's strange to me how fanatical and draconian U.S. vaccine policy can be.
But probably shouldn't say anything, lest Bloomberg dismiss me as a "crazy."
What are your thoughts?