NHS Scotland vaccinates 96% of children as London threatens deadly measles outbreaks

From Public Health Scotland today:

Quarterly uptake rates remained high in Scotland; around 96% of children had received each routine immunisation by the time they were 12 months old, with the exception of rotavirus vaccine, which had 94.5% uptake. 94.4% of children had the first dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age. This rose to 95.9% for children who had reached age 5.


Of concern, NHS England does not publish 12 months data but MMR coverage at 24 months was only 90.3% and in London it has now fallen to only 75%, well below any herd immunity and posing a real risk of a deadly measles outbreak there and across the UK.



One thought on “NHS Scotland vaccinates 96% of children as London threatens deadly measles outbreaks

  1. John one reason for this might be the higher immigrant community in London. The House of Commons Library argues that the migrant community is focused on London (https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06077/)
    As the Lancet notes in an article in April this year “some migrants in Europe are at risk of underimmunisation and show lower vaccination uptake for routine and COVID-19 vaccines”. They identify a range of barriers including lack of social integration, language and lack of knowledge as well as several others, one of which is “Cultural, religious, and social barriers —eg, stigma around specific vaccines, vaccination unfashionable in home country”
    See https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(22)00066-4/fulltext
    To some extent this might explain the lower figure in London?

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