Inoculation (Forces in France).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty


asked the Secretary of State for War whether between 150,000 and 200,000 uninoculated men served in the British Armies in France during the War; whether less than 4,000 of these suffered from enteric, typhoid, or paratyphoid fever; and whether he attributes the immunity of these uninoculated men to the precautions taken regarding the provision of pure water and food and the measures for the destruction of refuse taken by the sanitary services?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

During 1917 there were in France approximately 30,000 men who had not recently, or had never, been inoculated, and during 1918 the number was approximately 70,000. Good sanitation has always had a beneficial effect in checking the spread of disease. It is, however, also true that the immunity these men enjoyed was due to the fact that there was only a very small proportion of non-inoculated men in each unit.