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Vaccination (Personal Case)

Volume 495: debated on Monday 11 February 1952

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asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the death of three-months' old Elizabeth Howe, 66, Laurel Road, Liverpool, following vaccination; what conclusion the pathologist who conducted the postmortem examination came to as regards the cause of death; and whether, in view of this and of other deaths of infants from vaccination recorded in the Registrar-General's reports, he will reconsider his policy on the vaccination of infants.

I am aware of this case. My information is that the postmortem showed that death was due to bloodpoisoning associated with generalised vaccinia. I am advised that the clinical circumstances of the case were very rare, and afford no reason for not continuing to advocate infant vaccination.