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Latest figures show regional variation in the percentage of children immunised

ยท North East has the highest levels of immunisation for most routine childhood vaccinations, with the lowest levels in London(3,4)

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

*This report contains regional figures

September 25, 2014

Latest figures published today show variation across England in the percentage of children reported to have been immunised by their first, second and fifth birthdays.

The NHS Immunisation Statistics, England - 2013-14 report, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), shows the proportion of eligible children having received the first dose of the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine by their second birthday was highest in the North East, at 95.5 per cent. The lowest level regionally was in London at 87.5 per cent.

In just over a third of local authorities (51 out of 149)5, MMR coverage6 figures for children at two years of age met the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of at least 95% coverage. The England average was below the WHO target at 92.7 per cent - an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 2012-13 (92.3 per cent).

A rise in MMR coverage at a national level has been reported for the sixth consecutive year and coverage for children at two years of age is at its highest level since the vaccine was first introduced in 1988.

Meanwhile, figures for children receiving the 'five in one' (DTaP/IPV/Hib)7 vaccine by their first birthday show that coverage levels for over 60 per cent (91 out of 149) of local authorities met the WHO target of at least 95 per cent coverage. The England average for the vaccine was below the WHO target, at 94.3 per cent - a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from 2012-13 (94.7 per cent).

The report also shows that in 2013-14:

  • Vaccination coverage in England was below that of other UK countries for all routine childhood vaccines measured at one, two and five years.
  • Regionally, coverage in England was highest in the North East for all routine childhood vaccines measured at one, two and five years with the exception of the 'five in one' (DTaP/IPV/Hib) as measured at one year, which was highest in the East Midlands.
  • Regionally, coverage in England was lowest in London for all routine childhood vaccines measured at one, two and five years.

pdf icon MMR coverage at 24 months, England, by Upper Tier Local Authority, 2013-14 [136kb]

Kingsley Manning, Chair of the HSCIC, said: "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.

"Healthcare professionals should take note of the statistics in this report and make use of them as part of their planning, to encourage parents to immunise their children."

You can view the full report at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/immstats1314

ENDS


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 220 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. Figures under 100 are exact. Percentages have been rounded to one decimal place.

3. Coverage statistics for routine childhood vaccinations are reported by 'responsible Upper Tier Local Authority (LA)'. Vaccination coverage figures are supplied for patients registered with GPs based in that LA and for unregistered patients who were resident in that LA.

4. Data quality issues were reported for one London LA (out of 32) leading to lower levels of recorded coverage across all routine childhood immunisations. Data quality issues were reported for a further three London LAs, leading to lower levels of reported coverage for routine childhood vaccinations measured at five years. London remains the region with the lowest levels of coverage for all routine vaccinations even where figures are recalculated to exclude those London LAs with reported data quality issues. For more information see Appendix D in the full report.

5. Statistics are presented by 149 Upper Tier LAs. The eligible populations for Isles of Scilly, City of London and Rutland LAs are very small and are therefore reported under Cornwall, Hackney and Leicester respectively.

6. The number of persons immunised as a proportion of the eligible population (coverage) is reported.

7. DTaP/IPV/Hib is Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b.

8. For media enquiries please contact media@hscic.gov.uk or 0300 30 33 888.

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