Childhood MMR vaccination rates fall

October 12, 2015

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: September 2015

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In a nutshell: The proportion of two-year-old children in England having the MMR vaccine has fallen, according to NHS statistics. In 2014-15, 92.3% of children had the jab to protect them from measles, mumps and rubella. The Health and Social Care Information Centre said the figure was 92.7% in the previous year – which was the highest level of coverage ever achieved. Some parts of the country had less than 80% of children immunised against the infections. The target rate is 95%, which is enough to prevent the diseases spreading in a community.

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Recent changes to the routine childhood immunization schedule

September 1, 2015

Source: Practice Nursing, 2015, 26 (8), pp. 386 – 392

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Date of publication: August 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Practice nurses play a key role in both promoting the uptake of immunizations and administering them, ensuring that every child benefits from this important public health intervention. Karen Ford discusses recent changes to the childhood immunization schedule

Length of publication: 6-page article


Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism

April 28, 2015

Source: JAMA, 2015; 313(15): 1534-1540

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Importance  Despite research showing no link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), beliefs that the vaccine causes autism persist, leading to lower vaccination levels. Parents who already have a child with ASD may be especially wary of vaccinations. Objective  To report ASD occurrence by MMR vaccine status in a large sample of US children who have older siblings with and without ASD… Conclusions and Relevance  In this large sample of privately insured children with older siblings, receipt of the MMR vaccine was not associated with increased risk of ASD, regardless of whether older siblings had ASD. These findings indicate no harmful association between MMR vaccine receipt and ASD even among children already at higher risk for ASD.

Length of publication: 6-page article

See also: Nursing Times news report No link between MMR and autism, concludes major US study


MMR vaccination at right time is associated with lower admissions for all infections in young children

February 27, 2014

Source: BMJ2014;348:g1779

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Date of publication: February 2014

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In a nutshell: Young children who receive the live measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR vaccine) on schedule after vaccination against other common infections have a lower rate of hospital admission for any type of infection than children who are not vaccinated within the recommended timing or sequence, a Danish nationwide study has shown. Researchers followed up 495 987 children born from 1997 to 2006 aged 11 months to two years, using data from Danish national registers on vaccinations and hospital admissions.

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For more informationLive vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella and the risk of hospital admissions for nontargeted infections. JAMA 2014, 311(8), pp. 826-835


Increased measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccine uptake in the context of a targeted immunisation campaign during a measles outbreak in a vaccine-reluctant community in England

February 27, 2014

Source: Vaccine, 32 (10), 26 February 2014, pp. 1147–1152

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: Highlights: Reactive vaccination to a measles outbreak implemented in a vaccine-rejecting community; We estimated the number of MMR doses given in 2011 during the outbreak; The number of doses increased during the outbreak compared to previous years; Children already vaccinated were more amenable to reactive vaccination; A few parents changed their mind and vaccinated their children for the first time.

Length of publication: 5-page article


Target MMR at teenagers, measles report urges

November 25, 2013

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Date of publication: November 2013

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In a nutshell: “Assertive” efforts need to be made to target teenagers who have not received the MMR vaccination in a bid to eliminate measles from Wales. A joint health boards’ report looking at Wales’ largest measles outbreak said there should be a policy of “aggressive control”. One idea is for unimmunised children to be excluded from school if a close contact has measles during an outbreak.

Length of publication: 1-page news story


Measles cases in Swansea and Neath prompt ‘frustration’

November 25, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: November 2013

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In a nutshell: A senior doctor has spoken of his frustration with a second crop of measles cases in south Wales just months after an epidemic ended.

Length of publication: 1-page news story

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