HC Deb 12 March 2003 vol 401 c345W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the supply of the MumpsVac vaccine in England and Wales. [96812]

Ms Blears

The Department of Health has never provided single mumps vaccine and believes that the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to protect children against three serious and potentially fatal diseases.

Although a single mumps vaccine is licensed in the UK, the pharmaceutical company that holds the product licence does not manufacture or market the vaccine for use in this country. Single mumps vaccines that are being prescribed and administered are imported and therefore unlicensed.