Establishing an opportunistic catch up immunisation service for children attending an acute trust in London

Source: Archives of Diseases in Childhood2010 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication Type: Letter

In a nutshell: Vaccination rates in London are significantly lower than in the rest of the UK, especially for MMR vaccine. MMR uptake in London ranges from 50 to 75% compared with 80–90% nationally. 1 Our aim was to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an opportunistic immunisation service for children attending the paediatric outpatient department (OPD) at the Royal Free Acute NHS Trust (RFH). We are not aware of any UK acute paediatric department currently routinely offering such a service…  Conclusions:… We have demonstrated the value of offering immunisations to children attending OPD in an acute trust to promote immunisation uptake.

Length of publication: 2 pages

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