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BCG Vaccine

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 25th January 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Labour, Scunthorpe 2:30 pm, 25th January 2011

If he will take steps to increase the availability of the BCG vaccine for children.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I should point out to the hon. Gentleman that there are no problems with the availability of the BCG vaccine. I am also aware that he takes a personal interest in this subject because of his local experience. I am confident that those most at risk of contracting tuberculosis are being offered the BCG vaccination as part of a targeted national programme.

Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Labour, Scunthorpe

Does the Minister not think that it is time to widen that targeted national programme? Tuberculosis is an airborne infection, and it covers a broader area than the areas that are being focused on at the moment. Would not the widening of the programme improve protection?

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Yes, I would just like to point out to the hon. Gentleman that TB has changed from being a disease of the whole population to one that affects high-risk groups. In fact, the Joint Committee on Immunisation and Vaccination looked at this in 2005 and reaffirmed it in 2009. We are confident that this targeted approach is the best way of addressing the problem.