Published: 26/09/2002, Volume II2, No. 5824 Page 8

The number of children being immunised is falling, according to figures released by the Department of Health.Data for 2001-02 shows that 94 per cent of children under two were immunised against diptheria, tetanus and polio and 93 per cent against haemophilus influenzae B. In both cases, this was 2 per cent lower than the peak coverage achieved in the 1990s and below the 95 per cent coverage that provides 'herd' immunity to such diseases.There was a particularly sharp drop in the number of children receiving the measles, mumps and rubella inoculation. Just 84 per cent had received the MMR jab, a fall of 3 per cent on the previous year and 8 per cent on the peak coverage achieved in 1995-96.

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