MMR vaccine Biggest percentage of children immunised since vaccine introduced September 26th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments MMR vaccine Biggest percentage of children immunised since vaccine introduced The percentage of children reported as immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) by the age of two is now at its highest level since the vaccine was first introduced in England, new figures show. Today’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report shows that in 2012-13, 92.3 per cent of children reaching their second birthday were reported to have been immunised, which is the highest percentage since the vaccine was first introduced in 1988 when coverage was 80.0 per cent. The latest MMR coverage figure is also considerably higher than the lowest recorded figure in 2003-04 (79.9 per cent). MMR coverage has increased regionally as well as nationally. Coverage was over 90 per cent in nine out of ten Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) with the highest recorded coverage in the North West SHA at 94.9 per cent (compared to 93.4 per cent last year) and the lowest in London SHA at 87.1 per cent (compared to 86.1 per cent last year). NHS Immunisation Statistics shows that for England in 2012-13: Coverage in England was below that of other UK countries for all routine childhood vaccinations measured at one, two and five years(3). MMR coverage at two years still remains below the target of ‘at least 95 per cent coverage’ set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The percentage of children immunised against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib) by their first birthday stood at 94.7 per cent. This figure is unchanged since last year. This is very close to the target of ‘at least 95 per cent’ as set by the WHO. There has been an increase of 2.6 percentage points in children receiving the Haemophilus influenzae type b and Meningococcal group C (Hib/MenC) booster vaccination by their fifth birthday (91.5 per cent in 2012-13 compared to 88.9 per cent in 2011-12). Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!