Do I qualify?
There is considerable concern in Birmingham that only a limited number of people qualify for the TB vaccination (Tuberculosis). The argument of the Health Service is that only people who are physically close to others who qualify should have it. The limit is set at 40 cases per 100,000 population.
What this means is that if you live in a high risk area or your parents/grandparents come from a high risk area then you qualify. Otherwise you don't qualify. This report looks at the issue in Birmingham it was written in July 2006.
There is a risk from the TB jab itself. It is therefore a question as to where the balance of risk applies. My own view is that the option of the TB jab should be given to children who live in areas where large numbers of people qualify for the jab. This would be far less divisive than the current rules.
End to Universal Inoculation
Universal inoculation had almost eradicated TB until the last labour govwernment ended the inoculation programme. Now Birmingham has the highest number of cases outside London
In a recent local opinion survey that was carried out sampling 20,000 of my own constituents it emerged that 66% were unaware that routine inoculation had in fact ended. In addition to this 96% believed that more children should recieve the vaccination.
What are we doing about it?
Thousands of people have signed our petition calling for action. when completed we shall present it to the Authority responsible.
If you wish further information then please contact me directly or through my Constituency office.
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