Smallpox (Vaccination)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1957.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 4th February 1957

asked the Minister of Health how many deaths there were in 1955 from smallpox; and whether he is satisfied that vaccination continues to be universally used to protect infants from this disease.

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

None. Vaccination is the generally accepted means of personal protection against smallpox and I should like more infants vaccinated in this country.

Mrs. Jeger:

Can the Minister say whether there is any falling off in the number of children being vaccinated?

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

The figure has actually risen slightly to 36ยท4 per cent.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Warrington

Can the Minister say what propaganda he carries out on the subject?

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

As the right hon. Lady will know very well, compulsory vaccination was abolished, but I am given to understand that the percentage now vaccinated is not much lower than the figure of vaccinations before the statutory necessity was abolished. Circulars on the subject of vaccination are sent to the local authorities every year.

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

Will the Parliamentary Secretary consider giving maximum publicity to this information so that the rate of vaccination will increase again?

Photo of Mr John Vaughan-Morgan Mr John Vaughan-Morgan , Reigate

The local health authorities are primarily responsible for vaccination, but certainly the Ministry of Health will do all that is possible to give emphasis to it.