Saturday, June 7, 2008

How safe is safe enough?

So, another short post while real life takes it out of blogging.

Is 100% safe enough? 99% safe enough? Let's make this more specific and say that the risk being talked about is irreversible morbidity or death. How safe is safe enough?

Hard as it is to believe, I'm linking to Orac a second time. Here, Orac discusses risk in the context of the Green our Vaccines rally.

I think what will be useful is a table, a direct comparison of risk of irreversible morbidity or death for those who have been vaccinated vs. who have not been vaccinated. Of course, herd immunity is going to confound this table somewhat, but I think such a table with some explanation about what can go wrong under each scenario will be very useful.

Epi wonk?