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Diphtheria (Immunisation)

Volume 462: debated on Monday 7 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Health what proportion of children under five and of children from five to 14 years of age were inoculated against diphtheria in 1947.

In 1947 approximately 478,000 children under five and 111,000 from five to 14 received inoculation through local authority arrangements in England and Wales. I am not clear to what my horr. Friend's reference to proportion relates.

asked the Minister of Health how many cases of diphtheria in immunised persons were reported in 1947; what were their ages; how many deaths from diphtheria in immunised persons were reported in 1947; and what were their ages.

The only information available concerns children under 15 immunised through local authorities' arrangements. Returns from authorities in England and Wales for 1947 showed that 1,287 diphtheria cases and 16 deaths occurred among immunised children, as compared with 2,654 cases and 182 deaths among children who were not immunised.