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National MMR coverage down ‘for first time since 2007’

MMR vaccination coverage fell very slightly last year in England, the first time it has not risen for seven years, the Health and Social Care Information Centre has reported.

The proportion of children receiving their first dose of MMR immunisations by the age of two went down from 92.7% in 2013/14 to 92.3% in 2014/15.

It suggests coverage has plateaued after increasing year on year up from 2007/08 until 2013/14 – stalling progress towards the target of 95% set by the World Health Organisation.

However, there was considerable variation across the country.

Just over a quarter of local authorities reported coverage above the 95% target, while lower coverage was mainly concentrated in London – with three authorities reporting less than 80% coverage.

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  • general public are more likely to believe celebrities and quacks (or even better yet quack celebrities) then GPs when it comes to health problems.

    suggest PHE get on and recruit some BB 'celebs' to say MMR is good.

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  • Actually 5.24pm the term ‘quack’ has been thought to originate from the German word ‘quecksilber’ – mercury to you and I. Mercury was one of the mainstays of orthodox medicine for several centuries, and so the term ‘quack’ became a widespread euphemism for ‘doctor’ from the 17th century. So just out of interest are you talking about modern day docs or other people?

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