Thursday, June 08, 2006

Immunisation restrictions?

According to our spies a memo has been sent out by the local Primary Care Trust stating that it's "universal" BCG immunisation for tuberculosis is to only be given out to ethnic minority children. An interesting definition of the word universal we thought.

In fairness to the Council, the demarcation of power between local medical services and local democratic institutions has been made so hopelessely fuzzy over the past 25 years we're not sure if this is something they could've been involved with or not.

However, what we do know is that at least some of the healthcare professionals working for the PCT think it's ludicrous. After all, infectious respiratory diseases don't just infect someone on the basis of their ethnic origins.


Anonymous Greezy Pimp said...

This would probably be in response to the fact that the greatest incidence of TB at the moment is in Sub Saharan Africans. However TB is indiscriminate, so as one of the fastest growing contagious diseases we would be better served by immunising everyone not just select groups.
One of those 1950's ad campaigns along the lines of "would everyone stop spitting" would no doubt help too.

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