§ 56. Mr. E. Johnson
asked the Minister of Health how many people have been vaccinated against poliomyelitis under the National Health Service; and what action he is taking to persuade more people to take advantage of the facilities available.
§ Mr. Powell
At 30th September, 13,333,000 persons in England and Wales had been vaccinated. On the second part of the Question I would refer my hon. Friend to the Answer given to the hon. and learned Member for West Ham, South (Mr. Elwyn Jones) on 27th October.
§ Mr. Cleaver
asked the Minister of Health, in view of the reported increase in the number of poliomyelitis cases in the Birmingham area, what steps are being taken to encourage vaccination to safeguard against the dangers of this disease.
§ Miss Pitt
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on 27th October to the hon. and learned Member for West Ham, South (Mr. Elwyn Jones).
Eleven paralytic poliomyelitis cases have been reported in Birmingham this year to 29th October, compared with three in the corresponding period in 1959. None has been reported since 17th September.