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MMR vaccine: Biggest percentage of children immunised since vaccine introduced

September 26, 2013: The percentage of children reported as immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) by the age of two is now at its highest level since the vaccine was first introduced in England, new figures show.

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

*Regional figures are available

Today's Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report2 shows that in 2012-13, 92.3 per cent of children reaching their second birthday were reported to have been immunised, which is the highest percentage since the vaccine was first introduced in 1988 when coverage was 80.0 per cent. The latest MMR coverage figure is also considerably higher than the lowest recorded figure in 2003-04 (79.9 per cent).

MMR coverage at 24 months

England 1988-89 to 2012-13

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MMR coverage has increased regionally as well as nationally. Coverage was over 90 per cent in nine out of ten Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) with the highest recorded coverage in the North West SHA at 94.9 per cent (compared to 93.4 per cent last year) and the lowest in London SHA at 87.1 per cent (compared to 86.1 per cent last year).

NHS Immunisation Statistics shows that for England in 2012-13:

  • Coverage in England was below that of other UK countries for all routine childhood vaccinations measured at one, two and five years.3
  • MMR coverage at two years still remains below the target of 'at least 95 per cent coverage' set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The percentage of children immunised against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib) by their first birthday stood at 94.7 per cent. This figure is unchanged since last year. This is very close to the target of 'at least 95 per cent' as set by the WHO.
  • There has been an increase of 2.6 percentage points in children receiving the Haemophilus influenzae type b and Meningococcal group C (Hib/MenC) booster vaccination by their fifth birthday (91.5 per cent in 2012-13 compared to 88.9 per cent in 2011-12).

Read the full report at


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Data on childhood immunisation coverage at ages one, two and five years is collected through the UK Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) collection by Public Health England.
  3. Coverage figures for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales can be found in Tables 5a, 5b and 5c of the Data Tables.
  4. For media enquires please call 0845 257 6990 or email
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