This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on vaccination. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

22.04.2016Meningitis B vaccination
A petition to call on the Government to extend the programme of Meningitis B vaccination to all children, at least up to the age of 11, has received over 820,000 signatures. The Petitions and Health Committees have held evidence sessions, hearing from affected families, medical professionals and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. A debate on this e-petition has been tabled in Westminster Hall on 25 April 2016.
14.07.2015GP Prescribing in 2014: Constituency Statistics
Prescription rates for medicines and treatments provide one useful measure of the burden of illness and disease across the country. This note provides statistics on prescriptions by GP practices in England as a whole and local variation for individual drugs and treatments.
17.02.2009Measles and MMR statistics
This note summarises the latest statistics on measles incidence and rates of immunisation. It also discusses the effect of media coverage on public confidence in the MMR triple vaccine, and compares the UK's immunisation rates with the rest of the OECD.
01.03.2004Social indicators
Social indicators. (Includes article on EU enlargement: basic indicators for accession countries and topical subject pages on Mathematics: study and teacher recruitment and MMR vaccine). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/19.


12.04.2013Livestock Vaccines
This POSTnote examines the use of vaccines and outlines the pros and cons of using vaccination in livestock.
01.05.2009H1N1 'swine flu' vaccine, May 2009
This POSTnote describes how a pandemic vaccine for UK use against the novel strain of influenza (flu) virus subtype H1N1 would be manufactured, and alternative techniques for vaccine development and manufacture.
01.10.2008Cervical cancer. October 2008.
This note gives an overview of cervical cancer prevention strategies, including vaccination, and the issues arising.
01.08.2008UK vaccine capacity, August 2008
UK vaccine capacity, August 2008. POSTnote 08/314.
01.12.1999Health Concerns and the MMR Vaccine, December 1999
A number of recent scientific studies have investigated possible adverse health effects in infants receiving the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. The studies focus on the question of whether measles-containing vaccines, including MMR, are associated with the onset of intestinal complaints and/or behavioural disorders. This briefing summarises the evidence from such studies and examines the issues that arise.
01.02.1999Meningitis, February 1999
This briefing note explains the causes of meningitis, examines the vaccines available and discusses the issues that arise.

Early Day Motions

That this House acknowledges that the seasonal influenza vaccine is being administered in combination with the swine influenza vaccine, with no alternative single seasonal influenza ...
That this House welcomes the success of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) through its work in averting the deaths of five million people since 2000 including ...
That this House is concerned at the mass use of the drug Tamiflu; notes that the US Food and Drugs Administration has warned of fatal side-effects including heart attacks; is surprised ...
That this House notes with concern the serious adverse reactions that some adults have suffered following receipt of the hepatitis B and other vaccines, which they were required to ...
That this House notes the recent increase in the number of H1N1 swine influenza cases; welcomes the start of the Government's H1N1 vaccination campaign; urges the population not to ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses