§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ban the use of the pertussis vaccine on children suffering from a serious neurological illness or convulsions.
§ Mr. Freeman
The memorandum "Immunisation Against Infectious Disease" (Published by HMSO) which was prepared by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation for the Health Department, and was issued last year to all doctors and health visitors, contains clear advice on contra-indications to the pertussis vaccine. They include children with a documented history of cerebral damage in the neonatal period, and children with a personal history of convulsions.