Armed Forces: Influenza

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph 15 of the Defence Medical Services Department's policy letter of 20 January 2006, entitled "The use of influenza vaccines and anti-virals in the event of an influenza pandemic by the Defence Medical Services", reference DMSD/13/1/4; whether he has any plans to use anti-virals for prophylaxis before a pandemic is established; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

MOD's policy on the use of vaccines and antivirals with regard to an influenza pandemic follows the Department of Health's national guidelines. For the majority of armed forces personnel there are no plans for prophylactic use, as this is not in accordance with the UK national policy.

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