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Volume 983: debated on Thursday 1 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will institute a public campaign to impress upon the population the importance of protective immunisation in infancy against diphtheria.

The average level of uptake of vaccination against diphtheria in England and Wales is comparatively high and the disease occurs very rarely. In view of these factors, I do not consider a public campaign is at present called for.