MMR coverage falls again

Coverage of immunisation against Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
fell by another two per cent last year to just four out of five
infants, according to the Department of Health.

MMR coverage of children under two in 2003/4 (80 per cent) was
well below the 1995/6 peak of 92 per cent, suggesting that public
concern about vaccine safety continues, despite reassurances from
the Chief Medical Officer.

Levels of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and polio (94
per cent) and pertuissis and Hib (93 per cent) were similar to the
previous year, but still below the mid-90s peak.

87,000 infants under a year were given BCG vaccinations against
tuberculosis last year.

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