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Vaccination: Thiomersal

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Ian Stewart Ian Stewart Labour, Eccles

To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what year the NHS ceased to use thiomersal in vaccine doses under the public vaccination programme; and in what year the last vaccine stocks containing thiomersal were (a) exhausted and (b) withdrawn.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The routine childhood vaccination programme has used only thiomersal-free vaccines from September/October 2004. The remaining centrally held stocks containing thiomersal were destroyed when their date expired. No vaccine was withdrawn.

Details of the changes, including the rational, are contained in the Chief Medical Officer's letter, copies of which have been placed in the Library and are also available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Lettersand circulars/Professionalletters/Chiefmedicalofficerletters/DH_4087345.

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