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Highest MMR uptake ever

The highest percentage of children have been given the MMR vaccine since it was first introduced 25 years ago, official figures show. 

A report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that 92% of children reaching their second birthday were immunised against measles, mumps and rubella this year. 

Coverage was over 90% in nine out of ten strategic health authorities, with the highest recorded coverage in the North West (94%) and the lowest in London (87%). 

However, England's coverage was below that of the other UK countries for all routine childhood vaccinations (at one, two and five years). 

Following the measles outbreak in Wales earlier this year, coverage has reached 92.2%. 

But MMR coverage in the UK is still below the World Health Organization target of 95% coverage. 

Dr Marion Lyons, director of health protection for Public Health Wales said: "We are pleased that vaccination rates in Wales are high, but we are still not where we need to be. Though the measles outbreak is over, we won't put a full stop to measles in Wales unless we get the 95% vaccination rate we need to prevent further outbreaks.”

The full report is available to view on the HSCIC website