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Record Number of Tots Receiving MMR Jabs

Source: This is South Wales (UK)

06/05/2013

Public Health Wales reports that 95 percent of two-year-olds in Wales received the first dose of the MMR vaccine in the first quarter of 2013, marking the first time that the target rate has been reached for this demographic. Uptake for the second dose of the MMR vaccine in five-year-olds held steady at 90 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Although 1,171 measles cases have been reported in Swansea, its MMR uptake rates were 95.3 percent for two-year-olds and 90.6 percent for five-year-olds. “It’s fantastic to see that parents of younger children are understanding the importance of this vaccine,” says Dr. Marion Lyons of Public Health Wales. “However, vaccination levels in the generation of children and young people between 10 and 18 is still too low. We continue to urge parents to ensure their children are vaccinated at 12 months of age or as soon as possible afterwards.”



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