MMR uptake is now 85 per cent of under-twos

The number of children given the MMR vaccine before the age of two has risen to 85 per cent for 2006/07, according to figures released by the Information Centre.

This is a 1 per cent increase from 2005/06 figures and is the third successive year that MMR uptake has increased.

The Information Centre also revealed that uptake of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, haemopilus influenza B and meningitis C in children, before the age of two, remained the same as for the previous year at 93 per cent.

There was, however, a slight decrease in the number of people aged 65 and over who were immunised against influenza from 75 per cent in 2005/06 to 74 per cent in 2006/07, according to Information Centre figures.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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