HC Deb 19 November 1908 vol 196 cc1371-2
MR. LUPTON (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board if the nine weeks old female child of Mr. Edward Johnson, of 14, Albert Street, Runcorn, was vaccinated on 29th September last when the mother was suffering from an abscess on the breast, which led to the death of the child within about sixteen, days of vaccination; and if he will institute an inquiry with a view to the prosecution of the medical man for negligence and breach of Section 4, Clause 1 of the Vaccination Act, 1898.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) The mother appears to have been suffering from an abscess when the child was vaccinated, but the public vaccinator informs me that he was not aware of this. In any case, Section 1 (4) of the Act of 1898 does not apply in this instance. That subsection only deals with cases where the child cannot safely be vaccinated owing to the condition of the house in which the child resides, or to the recent prevalence of infectious disease in the district.