MMR vaccine: coverage for young children by age two at highest level in 14 years

NHS Immunisation Statistics, England, 2011-12 published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre on 27 November 2013 shows that after a low of 79.9 percent in 2003-04, MMR vaccination coverage has generally increased each year. However, it remains below the World Health Organization (WHO) target of at least 95 percent of children immunised.

Nine out of 10 children in England in 2011-12 had been immunised against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) by their second birthday – the highest recorded coverage since 1997-98.

91.2 percent of children at this age had received their first dose of the MMR vaccine – a rise from 89.1 percent in 2010-11.

This is the first time coverage has passed 90 percent since 1997-98 (when it was 90.8 percent) and is 0.6 percentage points away from coverage peak recorded in 1995-96 (91.8 percent).

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