HC Deb 08 February 1965 vol 706 cc13-4W
58. Mr. William Yates

asked the Minister of Health, in view of the established major outbreak of Asian influenza in the Soviet Union and Europe, and taking into account its effect on old people and national productivity, if he will take steps to consult the medical authorities in the Soviet Union to ensure that there are stocks of the necessary preventive serum available for the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement giving the details of his discussion on the matter and the action he has taken.

Mr. K. Robinson

My information is that this is not a severe form of the disease, and is caused by a virus widely experienced in this country in recent years. Some immunity therefore already exists here, and vaccine is available for doctors to prescribe for any patient for whom they think it desirable.

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