HC Deb 06 June 1930 vol 239 cc2562-3W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that pyaemia, referred to in the death certificate of the infant which recently died from small-pox and pyaemia at the Joyce Green Hospital within five days after being vaccinated, was attributable to the operation of vaccination; and whether, in view of the fact that in this case and other similar cases there is strong ground for believing that vaccination after small-pox has commenced to incubate merely adds to the patient's troubles, he will direct his medical officials to discourage as far as possible the vaccination of small-pox contacts?


If, as I assume, my hon. Friend is referring to the case of Frank George Young, I am informed that death took place 25 days and not five days after the infant was vaccinated. I have caused inquiries to be made into the case and am advised that the pyaemia referred to in the death certificate supervened on the small-pox, and that the death is not in any way attributable to the vaccination. As regards the second part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him on this subject on 3rd April.

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