Vitamin D: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce vitamin D deficiency in children in primary and secondary schools in (a) the London borough of Southwark and (b) England.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Advice for children and those at increased risk of having low vitamin D levels, can be found on both GOV.UK and from the National Health Service at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-publishes-new-advice-on-vitamin-d

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

This advice is aimed at preventing vitamin D deficiency for the general population. Doctors may also investigate a patient’s vitamin or mineral status on an individual basis to correct deficiencies, which is a matter of clinical judgement.

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