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Diphtheria (Germany)

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War what steps are being taken to immunise our Forces in Germany against diphtheria.

After careful consideration by the Army Pathology Advisory Committee on behalf of all three Services, it has been decided not to immunise the Forces generally, although all medical and attached personnel in medical units are being immunised where necessary after Schick-testing. In the event of outbreaks, immediate steps will be taken to immunise all those at risk, or all who react positively on being tested, according to the nature of the outbreak.