Bor­ough MMR vac­cine fig­ures fall

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON is among the west Lon­don bor­oughs ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a drop in MMR vac­ci­na­tion in two-yearolds.

West Lon­don bor­oughs have the high­est pro­por­tions of un­vac­ci­nated young chil­dren against measles, mumps and rubella, ac­cord­ing to newly re­leased fig­ures.

The vac­ci­na­tion rate in the bor­ough was 89.1 per cent this year, com­pared to 90.8 per cent last year.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion has set a tar­get of 95 per cent of two-year-olds to have had the first dose of the MMR vac­cine.

Three west Lon­don bor­oughs – Westminster, Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea and Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham – were nowhere near that tar­get last year.

Only 73.8 per cent of chil­dren in Westminster had re­ceived their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vac­cine by the time they turned two years old last year, the low­est vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age rate in Eng­land.

Chil­dren should re­ceive the first dose of the MMR vac­cine around the time of their first birth­day, then another one be­tween the age of 40 months and five.

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