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MMR uptake at seven-year low in N. Ireland

Uptake of the MMR vaccine in children in Northern Ireland has fallen this year to its lowest level in seven years.

New figures reveal that uptake among two-year-olds stood at 86.9 per cent between January and March this year, 0.6 per cent down on the previous quarter. The figures were slightly better in April-June at 87.8 per cent but were still the second lowest uptake recorded since 1996.

This compares with an 82 per cent uptake rate in England.

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