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MMR vaccine coverage reaches highest ever level

27th September 2013

MMR vaccine coverage in England has reached its highest level since the therapy was introduced 25 years ago.

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveals that in 2012-13, 92.3 percent of children reaching their second birthday had received an MMR vaccination, representing a considerable improvement from the record low figure of 79.9 percent in 2003-04.

Launched in 1988, the MMR vaccine provides protection against measles, mumps and rubella, all of which are common childhood conditions.

The World Health Organisation recommends that at least 95 percent of children are immunised against diseases preventable by immunisation, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib, as well as the three conditions covered by the MMR vaccine.

Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said: "The findings from HSCIC's report are a good indication that parents and children are increasingly able to access primary care to receive these vaccinations and to protect their health for the years to come."

Take-up of the vaccine was disrupted following the publication of research in 1998 linking it to autism and bowel disease, but this work has since been comprehensively discredited.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801643026-ADNFCR

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