HC Deb 20 February 1911 vol 21 c1530

asked whether his attention had been called to an inquest held at Chelsea, on 15th December, 1910, on the body of a child named William Clark, who was born in the Wandsworth workhouse infirmary, and vaccinated there at the age of eighteen days; whether he was aware that its mother asserts that no intimation was conveyed to her of the option to exercise conscientious objection under the Vaccination Act, 1907; and whether he will direct that the mothers of children born in such institutions shall be informed of their rights and privileges under such Act?


My attention has been drawn to the case referred to, and it has been investigated by one of my medical inspectors, who confirms the verdict of the jury that the death was due to erysipelas, unconnected with the vaccination. As regards the second part of the question, I understand that the child was vaccinated at the request of the mother. It does not appear to me to be necessary to take the steps indicated in the third part of the question.