HC Deb 19 February 1914 vol 58 c1146W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that according to the annual reports of the health of the Navy the cases of cow-pox placed on the sick list in consequence of vaccination totalled 233 in 1908, 482 in 1909, 688 in 1910, 845 in 1911, and 1,255 in 1912 whether he is aware that in some instances the vaccination produced serious results, and even death; and whether, in view of the evidence furnished by the reports of the increasing risks involved by the present variety of vaccine lymph, he is prepared to suspend the regulation which calls for vaccination or re-vaccination?


The increase in cases of cowpox placed on the sick list in consequence of vaccination is due to the much greater care now exercised in preventing the possibility of untoward occurrences. Further, the numbers of men in the Navy have increased regularly. Putting these cases on the sick list simply means that these boys and men are excused from all duty for a few days. That is now done more systematically than heretofore. There is no evidence of increased risks caused by using the present lymph.

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