Vaccination uptake rising, official data show

Uptake of BCG vaccination in England has increased by 26 per cent, according to figures released today by the NHS Information Centre.

Nearly 220,000 BCG vaccinations were given in 2007/8, compared with 172,000 in the previous year.

After falling to 80 per cent in 2003/4, the uptake of the MMR vaccine for children reaching their second birthday increased steadily o 85 per cent in 2007/8.

In the first year of reporting, uptake of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine was 84 per cent for children immunised by their first birthday.

But figures for influenza uptake showed no change from the previous year.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

NHS Information Centre immunisation figures 2008

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