HC Deb 08 December 1986 vol 107 c68W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to enable all nurses to be routinely vaccinated against the blood-borne disease hepatitis B; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Currie

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises the Department on all aspects of vaccination. The JCVI's current advice on vaccination against hepatitis B is set out in the memorandum "Immunisation against Infectious Disease" which was issued to all doctors. It recommends that a number of categories of health care personnel, including nurses, should be considered for this vaccine.

At its meeting last month the JCVI discussed proposals for revising its guidance on hepatitis B vaccine and has now made recommendations to the Department. These are now being considered urgently.