§ Sir KINGSLEY WOOD
asked the President of the Local Government Board what steps his Department are taking with a view to combating the influenza epidemic?
§ Major ASTOR
Influenza may be combated (a) by continuous research and intelligence work; (b) by impressing on each member of the public what in present knowledge he should do in regard to the disease; (c) by the action of local health authorities and other bodies for lessening the public opportunities of infection and assisting in the provision of medical nursing and domestic aid to those attacked. The Department is energetically pursuing all three lines, and my right hon. Friend is continuing and endeavouring to amplify the action which his predecessors directed to be taken for this purpose. In connection with research and intelligence work, the medical officers of the Board are now in active co-operation with other experts outside the Department by means of a committee which meets weekly. The action recommended to the public and to local authorities is being further reviewed in a Memorandum which will be issued this week.