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Health written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of offering free immunization against hepatitis B to workers in the tattooing and piercing industries; and if he will make a statement.

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

Hepatitis B immunization is recommended by the Health and Safety Executive for individuals carrying out cosmetic piercing or tattooing because of the occupational risk of infection. The principle of immunizations required for occupational reasons not being provided free by the national health service for non-NHS workers, is well established, and we see no reason to make an exception in this case.

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