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Whooping-Cough Vaccine

Volume 928: debated on Monday 21 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to publish its review of the evidence about whooping-cough vaccine and the basis of its advice to him.

I cannot anticipate the decision of the joint committee on this matter, although I am sure that it will have in mind the considerable public interest in its review.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his reply on 8th March, if he will give details of the study that is being made of the relationship between social class and whooping-cough deaths, indicating when the decision was taken to instigate the study and who is conducting it.

In pursuance of my reply on 8th March 1977, death records are being extracted by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys for the deaths of infants attributed to whooping cough to which I referred in my reply to my hon. Friend on 1st March. When the analysis by social class of parent is available I will send it to my hon. Friend.—[Vol. 927, c. 474; Vol. 927, 119–20.]