Parliamentary Question: seasonal influenza vaccination for people with ME, 31 October 2011

Chris Ruane MP (Labour, Vale of Clwyd) tabled a written question to the the Secretary of State for Health asking what his policy is on the provision of seasonal influenza vaccine by the NHS to people diagnosed with myalgic encephalopathy.

In a written answer on 31 October 2011, Anne Milton (Minister for Public Health) replied:

Myalgic encephalopathy (ME) is not a specific clinical risk group identified for influenza immunisation. ME is a poorly defined syndrome with a number of different characteristics in children and adults. As such, medical professionals are encouraged to consider individual patient circumstances for those diagnosed as having ME and use clinical judgment to take into account the risk of influenza exacerbating any underlying disease that any patient may have, as well as the risk of serious illness from influenza itself with vaccination offered in such cases.

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