HC Deb 12 November 1908 vol 196 c507

To ask the President of the Local Government Board if the Local Government Board has now made an inquiry into the case of the nine weeks old female child of Mr. Edward Johnson, of 14, Albert Street, Runcorn, vaccinated on 29th September, inquest held on 16th October, death from septic poisoning; and if he will in consequence discontinue the dissemination of poisonous matter to be put into the blood of healthy children.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) I have obtained a copy of the depositions taken at the inquest in this case. The child died from septic poisoning following on septic abscesses on the eyelids and behind one ear. It appears that the mother was suffering from an abscess of the breast, and the medical evidence at the inquest renders it practically certain that the abscesses in the child were the result of accidental inoculation of poison from the mother's abscess, and were not in any way caused by vaccination.