MMR uptake rising but still too low

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 from by the Information Centre.

This is a 1 per cent increase from 2005/06. However it still falls short of the recommended 95 per cent uptake.

The uptake of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, haemopilus influenza B and meningitis C in children, before the age of two, remained the same as 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.

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