MMR vaccine rate increases27th June 2011
The Health Protection Agency has said nine in 10 children have been given the first dose of the MMR vaccine.
The HPA said 90% of two-year-old children were given the jab - the highest amount in 13 years - but it still did not reach the target of 95%.
An epidemic of measles in Europe is believed to be one of the reasons behind the higher uptake of the vaccine.
The HPA urged people to have their children vaccinated before they went on holiday for the summer.
The MMR vaccine is usually given in two doses, one at the age of around a year and one later on when the child is going to start school.
The number of two-year-old children given their first dose of the vaccine rose 0.6% from the previous quarter.
The rate for two doses increased by 0.3% to 85.1%, while the number of children given the MMR by the age of five remained the same at 92.8%.
Dr Mary Ramsay, head of the immunisation department at the HPA, said she was happy with the results.
"We're very encouraged to see that UK MMR uptake has reached 90 per cent in children aged two, indicating increasing levels of trust by parents in the immunisation programme."
She added that parents should make plans to get their children vaccinated before they went abroad.
"It's that time of year when children are travelling on school trips and family holidays and we are reminding parents and young adults of the importance of immunisation before they travel. We cannot stress enough that measles is serious and in some cases it can be fatal."
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Title: MMR vaccine rate increases
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18921
Date Added: 27th Jun 2011