Hon. J. W. Monieiih (Minister of National Health and Welfare):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to report to the house regarding recent studies on the use of Sabin oral poliovirus vaccine.
Hon. members will recall that on September 13 I reported that my technical advisers had recommended a temporary deferment of the routine use of live oral poliovirus vaccine pending further investigation of all cases of poliomyelitis and other acute diseases of the nervous system which simulate poliomyelitis and which occurred in Canada this year.
I now have a statement prepared at the recent meeting of the dominion council of health regarding the continued use of the oral vaccine. This statement incorporates the recommendations of the national technical advisory committee on live poliovirus vaccines. It therefore summarizes the opinion not only of the technical experts competent in this field, but also the opinion of the principal health officers in each province. I have accepted this advice, and it has been made available to all the provincial health departments for their guidance.
Rather than attempt to paraphrase this statement I feel that it would be more helpful if I were to report it precisely as I have received it. This statement consists of some three pages, Mr. Speaker, but I think it is important that it should be on record in Hansard and I wonder if I might have the consent of the house to have it printed there.
Sub-subtopic: STATEMENT ON USE OF SABIN ORAL VACCINE