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More Welsh children getting MMR jab

New figures show that although there has been an increase in the number of children in Wales who were given the MMR vaccine last year, take-up is still below target levels.

According to data released by the National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS), rates for almost all vaccines stayed the same or increased in 2006-07.

But the group said that while the take-up of 76.5% for the second dose of the MMR vaccine is the best that has ever been recorded, it is still well below the 95% target.

Rates for the first dose of the vaccine, given to children before they are two, increased to 87.7% from 86.3% the previous year.

Meanwhile, take-up of the five-in-one baby jab for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib increased to 95.3%, beating the 95% target for the first time.

Wales's Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Jewell said: "I am particularly pleased that the uptake of the five-in-one vaccine has exceeded the national target.

"However, the report also shows that while vaccination rates are increasing, we need to ensure that children are up-to-date with their immunisation before entering school, including MMR, particularly in light of the rising incidence of measles in school in the UK this year."

National Public Health Service for Wales

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