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Vaccination

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the most recent take-up rate is of MMR vaccine, broken down by council district in Northern Ireland. (85729)

Information on the take-up of MMR vaccine broken down by council district area is not collected centrally. However, the Department collects information from health and social services (HSS) boards on the immunisation status of each board’s resident children with regard to several conditions including MMR.

The latest available information on MMR immunisations by HSS Boards is detailed in the following table, which shows the percentage of children resident in each board’s administrative area that completed a primary course of MMR immunisations at any time before their second birthday, which occurred during the year ending 31 March 2005.

Board of Residence

MMR (Percentage)

Eastern

86.2

Northern

89.3

Southern

90.1

Western

88.2

Northern Ireland

88.4