HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 cc21-2W
60. Mr. McInnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people have been vaccinated against poliomyelitis under the National Health Service in Scotland; and what action he proposes to take to persuade more people to take advantage of the facilities available.

Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith

At 30th September, 1960, over 1,600,000. This figure includes 82 per cent. of children born since 1943, and 42 per cent. of those born between 1933 and 1942, i.e., the adolescents and young adults. Local health authorities, with the help of my right hon. Friend's Department, are continuing to publicise the facilities they provide for vaccination and the need for persons not yet vaccinated to come forward. Family doctors will also continue to play an active part in encouraging their patients to be vaccinated.