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Vaccination Records

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in future, he will see that the pay-books of soldiers suffering from small-pox are referred to to ascertain their vaccinal condition, and that the information on this point entered in the small-pox records is not ascertained by an examination of the arms of the men, as the fact that modern methods of vaccination frequently result in no vaccination scars will cause the compilation of inaccurate records and the classification of small-pox cases as unvaccinated, or having no record of vaccination, while actually many of them have been vaccinated in exactly the same way as the great majority of the soldiers who have entered the Army since 1939?

Instructions have been in force for some time that the record of vaccination must be entered in the soldier's service and pay-book. When a soldier is admitted to hospital suffering from small-pox this book or his medical history sheet is normally referred to.