HC Deb 23 January 1902 vol 101 cc677-8

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether he can state what progress has been made, especially in London, in vaccination and re-vaccination during the present epidemic of small pox.


I am not at present in a position to give any estimate of the extra number of vaccinations and re-vaccinations performed during the present epidemic. The returns as to the vaccination of infants born in 1901 and as to re-vaccinations by Public Vaccinators will be received in due course, but there is no record of re-vaccinations performed by private medical practitioners. I have, however, reason to believe that there has been a very large number of vaccinations in the last few months in London and the neighbourhood. Since the beginning of September I have caused lymph to be issued to Public Vaccinators for 480,000 vaccinations, that is about 300,000 in excess of the normal supply for this period. A very considerable portion of the excess has been issued to the Metropolis.