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Inoculations

Volume 484: debated on Friday 2 March 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the nature of the new kind of inoculation proposed to be used at certain Royal Air Force camps; how long a time must elapse between each inoculation; how many inoculations there are in all; what proof has been provided that this inoculation does what is claimed for it; whether there have been any bad results from its use; and whether personnel are told that all vaccination and inoculation is voluntary in the Royal Air Force.

The "new" inoculation introduced by the R.A.F. is a combination of two well-tried immunising agents, TAB vaccine and anti-tetanus toxoid; it is named TABT. Two injections are given initially, at a few weeks' interval, and one injection annually thereafter or on first arrival in an overseas command. No further proof has been sought of the proven efficacy of TAB vaccine or tetanus toxoid and the medical authorities are satisfied that they can be given together without harm or loss of effect. No bad results have been reported from the use of this substance. All ranks are reminded periodically that vaccination and all inoculations are voluntary.