HC Deb 12 April 1961 vol 638 c31W
Lord Balniel

asked the Minister of Health whether he will make a further statement about vaccination against poliomyelitis.

Mr. Powell

The Joint Committee on Poliomyelitis Vaccine have advised my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and myself that the vaccination programme should continue to employ vaccine administered by injection, and that fourth doses should now be offered to children of primary school age. Arrangements are being made for this to be done during the coming school term.

The Committee are studying the information available about oral vaccine and have made an interim recommendation that a stock should be available for emergency use in a community or area where poliomyelitis becomes, or shows signs of becoming, prevalent. This recommendation is being implemented.

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