England's MMR jabs 'highest ever'
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England's MMR jabs 'highest ever'


From BBC News (online)

The data for 2012-13, issued by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), showed coverage in nine out of 10 areas in England was above 90%.

It was highest in the north-west at 94.9%, but lowest in London at 87.1%.

The MMR jab was introduced to the UK in the late 1980s.

But a decade later vaccination rates plummeted after now discredited claims of a link between the MMR jab and autism.

The HSCIC report also looked at other childhood vaccinations. It found rates for most vaccinations were increasing.

Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said: "Routine vaccination in childhood is vital in protecting children from a range of infectious diseases, many of which have now been consigned to history.

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