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Vaccination And Vaccine Damage

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of the deaths from whooping cough occurred in babies under six months of age in each of the last five years; and if he has any information relating to the babies who died, with social class.

Pursuant To His Reply [Official Report, 17th February 1977: Vol. 926, C. 307–10], Gave The Following Information:The information available about deaths of babies under six months of age attributed to whooping cough is as follows:

Total such deathsPercentage of all deaths from whooping cough
19722100
19732100
19741077
1975867
197600*
*Provisional.
I regret that information by social class is not readily available.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) pursuant to his reply of 17th January 1977, whether the joint committee made a study of the HRC trials—whooping-cough vaccine; whether it reported its conclusions to him; and, if so, if he will publish them:(2) if he will request the joint committee to examine the 1974 report by Dr. J. Wilson and others, to consider the difference between the figure of 26 children suffering moderate or severe mental retardation, as a result of whooping-cough vaccination in an 11-year period from 1961 to 1972, examined at one London hospital, and the estimate by the joint committee of 22 children in England and Wales who suffered brain damage as a result of whooping-cough vaccination in an 11-year period from 1964 to 1975.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 17th February 1977; Vol. 926, c. 307–10], gave the following information:The joint committee took account of the Medical Research Council trial and the report by Dr. J. Wilson and others in forming its conclusions.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the notifications and the deaths from whooping cough per million children for each five-year period since 1900; if he will express the figures as index numbers taking those for 1900 as 100; if he will give the percentage decrease for each five-year period; and if he will give the same figures for scarlet fever.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 17th February 1977;

WHOOPING COUGH
DeathsNotifications
Per million children under 15IndexPercentage change of rate from previous 5 year periodPer million children under 15Percentage change of rate from previous 5 year period
1901–1905874100
1906–191075686-13
1911–191563372-16
916–192047354-25
1921–192544851-5
1926–193036041-20
1931–193522326-38
1936–194013716-39
1941–194514016+211,406
1946–1950738-4812,786+12
1951–1955223-7012,696-0·7
1956–196050·6-775,851-54
1961–196530·3-402,092-64
1966–197020·2-331,622-22
1971–197510·1-50806-50
SCARLET FEVER
DeathsNotifications
Per million children under 15IndexPercentage change of rate from previous 5 year periodPer million children under 15Percentage change of rate from previous 5 year period
1901–1905319100
1906–191022470-30
1911–191516150-2811,417
1916–19208426-486,964-39
1921–19257925-69,734+40
1926–19304815-3910,132+4
1931–19355016+412,007+19
1936–1940248-529,985-17
1941–1945103-589,704-3
1946–195020·6-806,978-28
1951–1955Nil0·0-1005,118-27
1956–1960Nil0·03,517-31
1961–1965Nil0·01,859-47
1966–1970Nil0·01,494-20
1971–1975Nil0·0965-35
Scarlet fever notifications began in 1911 and whooping cough notifications in 1940.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the ages of the four children who died from whooping cough in 1976; whether they were above or below the recommended age for whooping cough vaccination; and whether or not they had been vaccinated.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 17th February 1977; Vol. 926, c. 307–10], gave the following information:The deaths related to three children whose ages were nine months, one year, Vol. 926, c. 307–10], gave the following information:Available figures for England and Wales are as follows: and four years and to one adult aged 45 years. The actual cause of death in the case of the adult was bronchiectasis resulting from whooping cough. All were above the recommended age for vaccination. I do not know whether they had been vaccinated.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the names of the members of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the subjects in which they are specialists. and the length of time that they have been on the Committee.

pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 17th February 1977;

Date Of Appointment
Professor Sir Charles Stuart-Harris General Medicine 1963
Dr. F. S. W. Brimblecombe Paediatrics1969
Dr. M. F. H. BushCommunity Medicine1976
Professor G. W. A. DickPathology 1967
Professor J. A. Dudgeon Microbiology1969
Professor G. EdsallMicrobiology1972
Sir David EvansMicrobiology1963
Professor R. W. Gilliatt Neurology 1972
Professor N. R. Grist Infectious Diseases1970
Dr. H. R. Jolly Paediatrics1969
Professor J. Knowelden Community Medicine1963
Professor H. P. LambertInfectious Diseases1975
Dr. J. S. Noble General Practice 1971
Dr. D. ReidEpidemiology1974
Dr. G. C. SchildVirology1975
Dr. V. N. SpringettChest Diseases1969
Dr. G. I. WatsonGeneral Practice 1974
Sir Robert WilliamsMicrobiology1973
Dr. W. O. WilliamsGeneral Practice1963
Dr. T. S. WilsonCommunity Medicine1974
Co-Opted Members
Dr. T. M. PollockEpidemiology1967
Dr. J. W. G. SmithMicrobiology And Epidemiology1972