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Anti-Influenza Vaccinations

Volume 827: debated on Tuesday 30 November 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people over 65 years of age received anti-influenza vaccinations last year; and if he intends to increase their numbers this year.

I regret that the information requested is not available. It is for the patient's doctor to decide whether to offer vaccination in any particular case.

If there is an outbreak of influenza this year, will the Minister take steps to avoid a repetition of the deplorable situation last year, when footballers, business men and Members of Parliament were offered vaccination before old people at risk?

We have forwarded the existing professional advice in a new note to general practitioners in Health Trends, pointing out the view taken by the professionals concerned as to the desirability and scope for special vaccination for the elderly.