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Measles: Vaccination

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children up to the age of six years old were inoculated against measles in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; and how many such inoculations were for measles only. (268734)

Routine childhood immunisation against measles is provided by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs. Miller) on 27 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1173-74W, for information about 2006-07 and 2007-08. Information for MMR vaccine uptake for the year 2008-09 is not yet available.

Data on the use of single vaccines are not collected. As a result the proportion of children fully or partially protected against measles may be slightly higher than that identified by the MMR vaccine uptake data collection.