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Tuberculosis: Vaccination

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per pupil immunised of BCG vaccination was in the period immediately before the universal vaccination programme was ended; and if he will make a statement. (277832)

A targeted at-risk vaccination programme replaced the school-based routine programme of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination against tuberculosis in 2005. The school-based programme provided the Heaf test prior to BCG vaccination. The aggregate cost per pupil of the Heaf test and BCG vaccine was approximately £2 in 2005. Costs of administration are not included in this figure.