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Fire Services: Vaccination

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements are in place to provide antiviral medicines to firefighters in the event of an influenza pandemic. (252281)

There are no specific arrangements for distributing antiviral drugs to fire fighters during an influenza pandemic. The Secretary of State for Health announced that the Government would be increasing the antiviral stockpile to meet the needs of 50 per cent. of the population, so that there would be an antiviral course available for every person infected during a pandemic, even in the UK’s reasonable worst-case scenario.