MMR uptake is rising, says HPA

MMR vaccine coverage has risen in 2010, Health Protection Agency (HPA) data show.

Coverage of the pre-school booster and second dose of MMR in five-year-olds has increased steadily since 2008.

This increase coincided with the DoH's Vital Signs programme - set up to track PCT progress against NHS targets.

The HPA said the rise in MMR uptake suggested coverage may continue to rise over the course of 2010.

Coverage of four other vaccines rose across the UK in the second quarter of the year. These were: the Hib and meningitis C booster; the pneumococcal jab at 24 months; the pre-school booster; and MMR at five years.

For all vaccines UK coverage was over 89 per cent for children evaluated at 12 and 24 months of age.

But uptake across PCTs in England fell below that in health boards in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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