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Trust response to Health Protection Agency figures on MMR vaccine uptake

24 June 2011

"I am really pleased to see today's figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which show that 90 per cent of two year old children in the UK have received their first dose of the MMR vaccine - the highest level for 13 years.

"However, an even higher uptake of 95 per cent would stop the spread of disease in the community.  It is also a problem that significant numbers of school age children and young adults did not get the vaccine at the height of concerns over its safety, which were wholly unfounded, and have not been offered it subsequently. We would strongly advise they go to their GP and get it because Measles can be especially nasty in young adults, as the figure of 22 deaths across Europe demonstrates."

Dr Helen Bedford

Senior Lecturer in Children's Health and Co Director MSc Paediatrics and Child Health

UCL Institute of Child Health

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