Target pay boost as MMR uptake rises
GPs may have turned the corner in their battle to convince parents that MMR is safe, official figures suggest.
Uptake among UK two-year-olds the data on which GP target pay is based rose 0.9 per cent to 79.8 per cent in the quarter to September 2003. This follows five successive quarterly falls.
The data, released by the Health Protection Agency, also suggests an increasing number of parents are opting to delay MMR with uptake of the first dose among five-year-olds showing a quarterly rise of 0.6 per cent to 91.2 per cent.
Dr Natasha Crowcroft, co-ordinator of the MMR vaccine programme at the agency, congratulated GPs for 'sticking to their guns against
an onslaught of negative publicity'.
GPC Wales chair Dr Andrew Dearden welcomed the figures but cautioned: 'I would want to see data over three or four quarters before we say it's getting better.'