Vaccination and Immunisation

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Shadow Minister, Health

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What meetings or other communication the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has had with strategic health authorities to discuss the uptake of, and compliance with, its guidance on (a) routine and (b) non-routine immunisations.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The role of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is to advise the United Kingdom Secretaries of State on matters relating to communicable diseases, preventable and potentially preventable through immunisation. The Department of Health for England and equivalent departments in the devolved Administrations communicate with the NHS regarding JCVI recommendations. This is done through Chief Medical Officer letters and the book Immunisation against Infection Diseases (The Green Book). Copies of the green book have already been placed in the Library.

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