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Southwark 1969

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Southwark, Borough of]

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Prophylaxis
Protection is offered in child health centres against diphtheria, whooping cough,
tetanus, poliomyelitis, smallpox and measles to children below school age. Special
sessions are also held in schools when necessary. In addition, B.C.G. vaccination against
tuberculosis of children aged 12—13 years is carried out in schools. Vaccination may also
be given by the family doctor and vaccines (except B.C.G. vaccine) are supplied to general
practitioners free of charge.
Little progress was made with the measles vaccination programme as in March 1969
the use of the vaccine was suspended by the Department of Health and Social Security. It
was not until the end of the year that supplies of vaccine of a different strain were made
available.
Nevertheless, 1,047 children were vaccinated in Council clinics and 425 by general
practitioners.


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