§ Mr. Sheerman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what measures he is taking to increase the uptake of vaccines for tuberculosis, polio and whooping cough.
§ Sir George Young
As a result of existing measures, the uptake of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis is high. The Department continues to advise that schoolchildren between 10 and 13 years of age should be screened by a skin test with tuberculin and that BCG vaccine should be given to those found to be negative. The Health Education Council recently released a series of short films about vaccination and my right hon. Friend is arranging to publish reports of recent studies relating to whooping cough vaccine as soon as possible.