HC Deb 25 January 1962 vol 652 cc37-8W
68. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Minister of Health in view of the outbreak of smallpox in the city of Bradford resulting in several deaths, and the risk of a further outbreak of secondary cases, if he will give an assurance that a sufficient supply of vaccine will be available to meet any emergency.

Mr. Powell

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply on this subject to the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North on the 23rd January.

Mr. Tiley

asked the Minister of Health what steps are taken in the hospital and public health services to ensure that staffs are kept at an appropriate level of vaccination immunity against smallpox.

Mr. Powell

Hospital and public health authorities are responsible for ensuring that vaccination is offered at regular intervals to all staff liable to be exposed to risk of infection. They have been reminded of the importance of this on several occasions in recent years, and the reminder has again been renewed.

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