PHE reports 1 in 7 five-year-olds not immunised against MMR

Public Health England’s Value of Vaccines campaign has identified that one in seven five-year-olds are not immunised against MMR.

As the 2019/20 academic year commences, Public Health England’s Value of Vaccines campaign has identified that some of the 680,000 five-year-olds starting school in England are at unnecessary risk of contracting diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Public Health England has warned that one in seven five-year-olds may not be fully up to date with some of their routine immunisations. The figure for London rises to a quarter of children.

Based on percentage uptake from the latest vaccination coverage figures, Public Health England estimate that:

  • Over 30,000 five-year-olds may still need their first dose of the MMR vaccine. This leaves them significantly more at risk compared to pupils who are fully vaccinated
  • Around 90,000 (one in seven) five-year-olds in England may still need to receive their second dose of the MMR vaccine. Approximately 30,000 (one in four) children in London are not gaining the full protection that the MMR vaccine can offer
  • Around 100,000 (one in eight) five-year-olds in England may still need their four-in-one pre-school booster that protects against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio

Public Health England recommends parents check that their child has received all of their scheduled vaccinations by visiting the NHS website for the recommended scheduling of each vaccination and to refer to their child’s Red Book or to contact their local GP practice.

The UK Government’s press release can be found here.

See MAP Online for more information on vaccines in the UK.

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Published 6. September 2019 in News, News UK