HC Deb 19 March 1935 vol 299 cc1011-2W

asked the Minister of Health whether any record is kept by the medical superintendent of the Bir- mingham Infectious Diseases Hospital to show how many of the children sent in as cases of diphtheria and subsequently diagnosed as tonsillitis had previously been immunised; and, if so, whether he will publish statistics on this point for the last three years?


The following is the information furnished by the local authority on this subject:

Year. Column 1. Column 2. Column 3.
Total number of suspected cases of diphtheria admitted to hospital. No. of cases in Column 1 which proved not to be diphtheria. No. of cases in Column 2 previously immunised and now diagnosed as tonsillitis.
1931 1,728 690 9
1932 1,156 609 10
1933 788 441 11
Figures are not yet available in respect of the year 1934. It should be noted that 50 per cent. of the cases quoted in column 2 were also diagnosed as tonsillitis