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John Hemming
(Birmingham Yardley)
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Should more people be offered the TB Jab?

Join our Campaign by signing our ‘Stop TB Now’ Petition (below)

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.

To show your support please download, print and sign your copy of the petition (below) and return to my Constituency Office.

If you wish further information then please contact me directly or through my Constituency office.


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Together We Can Stop The Spread of Tuberculosis

Page last updated: 05 December 2012