Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Denis Naughten

Question:

548 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children the results of a search by health boards of their records to see if specific lot numbers derived from batch 3741, the three-in-one-vaccine, were used in vaccinations in this country; the number of children which received these vaccinations; the number of children which have shown adverse reaction to these vaccinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1427/99]

The position in relation to the examination of records undertaken by the health boards at my Department's request in relation to the extent to which Trivax three-in-one vaccine from certain lots produced from batch 3741 was used in the period 1968 to 1970 is outlined as follows. It should be noted that the period in question predates the establishment of the health boards and that the extent to which detailed records are available varies considerably as between health boards.

The Eastern Health Board indicated that none of the lot numbers in question were recorded on any record card.

The Midland Health Board indicated that it appeared that no records are available relating to this vacine.

The Mid-Western Health Board indicated that it had identified 181 immunisation records relating to children who received vaccine from lot numbers 69684 and 69685.

The North-Eastern Health Board indicated that records for this period are unavailable, with the exception of some immunisation records in Cavan which do not hold any of the details requested.

The North-Western Health Board indicated that there is no record of vaccine from batch 3741 having been used in the Sligo-Leitrim area. The health board also confirmed that it is not possible to give information regarding batch 3741 for the Donegal Community Care Area as it has no records in this regard.

The South-Eastern Health Board indicated that no trace was found of any lot numbers from batch 3741.

The Southern Health Board indicated that having examined approximately 25 per cent of its immunisation records, the records showed that ten children received vaccine from lot 69684 and 49 children received vaccine from lot 69685. The board is continuing to examine its remaining records and a final response is expected shortly.

The Western Health Board indicated that lot number 69684 had been used in Galway in 1969 and that records indicated three cases where children had received vaccine from this lot. The board's other community care areas have been unable to locate any records relating to the period in question.

I take the Deputy's query about adverse reactions to relate to serious adverse reactions caus ing permanent damage to the children concerned. My Department has no information to suggest that any child who received three-in-one vaccine from any of the lots in question suffered serious damage as a result, other than in the case decided in the Supreme Court in 1992, which involved a recipient of vaccine from lot number 69684.
The health boards' responses to my Department's inquiries are currently being considered with a view to determining what, if any, further action is appropriate in this matter.