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Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what long-term action his Department has taken to publicise and promote the uptake of rubella vaccinations.

In June this year the Department launched a long-term campaign, including appropriate national and local publicity, to increase uptake by intensifying the programme of rubella vaccination which began in 1970.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what provision he has made to alerting the public in the event of a rubella epidemic.

Where necessary, the public will be alerted as they were by a press notice in April this year, but epidemics are difficult to forecast and, in recent publicity, the Department has urged women of child-bearing age who were not vaccinated while at school to see their doctor and ask about vaccination.