Michael Fabricant has tabled urgent Parliamentary Questions today to ask
about the availability of retro-virus vaccine and regular flu vaccine in
the West Midlands and Staffordshire.
With the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, saying
that up to 50,000 people could die in the UK with an outbreak of Bird
Flu, Michael Fabricant says it is important that adequate stocks of
vaccine are available. "Foot and mouth disease caught the Government on
the hop. They cannot get it wrong again this time. People weakened by
a bout of regular flu will be at particular risk with a bird flu
pandemic. It is important that everyone at-risk from the effects of
normal flu receive vaccinations." says Michael.
"And if there is a bird flu pandemic, retro-virus will slow down the
worst effects of the flu. If the current bird flu mutates into a flu
that can be transferred between people, it is vital that a specific bird
flu vaccine is quickly developed and distributed to doctors locally".