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M2 EQUITYBITES-September 26, 2014-Uptake of MMR at highest level but still below WHO targets

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The MMR vaccine is being given to more children than ever before, the Telegraph reported on Thursday, although uptake rates are still below the World Health Organisation (WHO) targets.

According to official figures rates of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination are lower in England than other UK countries and despite rising for the last six years in a row are still below the 95% at which it is claimed that diseases would be suppressed and outbreaks unlikely.

Rates of other vaccines are also lower that targets set by WHO, with the vaccine against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Hemophilius influenzal seeing rates drop to 94.3% in 2013-2014 and less than two thirds of local authority areas reaching the 95% target.

Chairman of the HSCIC, Kingsley Manning, commented "Today's report shows clear variation across the country in vaccination coverage amongst children. It is notable to see that the North East of England has the highest levels of immunisation across the majority of routine childhood vaccinations and London has the lowest levels for all."

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