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Not enough children get MMR vaccine in these areas of South Yorkshire

Written by on 09/10/2020

Two areas in South Yorkshire have not met the national percentage recommendation for MMR vaccinations.

MMR vaccinations, which protect against measles, mumps and rubella, are usually given when a child is one-years-old and then again when the child is three-years-old.

The NHS aims for 95 percent of children to be immunised against MMR so that herd immunity can be met.

They have said that if 95 percent of children are vaccinated against MMR, then measles can be completely eradicated.

However, all three diseases can quickly spread again if fewer than 90 percent of people are vaccinated.

Most recent data, brought out by NHS Digital, shows that Yorkshire as a whole had not met the national threshold recommendation for MMR vaccinations in the year 2019/20.

The percentage of children to have been given their first MMR dose by their second birthday – a year after it is recommended – was only 92.6 percent for the whole region.

And two areas in South Yorkshire had also fallen short of the 95 percent threshold.

Only 89.6 percent of children had been immunised against MMR by their second birthday in Doncaster, in 2019/20.

And Sheffield only had a vaccination rate among that group of 92.8 percent.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and families at Sheffield City Council, said: “This year we have seen a rise in vaccination rates in Sheffield but there is still more work to be done to make sure all our children are immunised.

“Vaccines help protect both babies and children and are the most effective way to prevent serious infectious diseases.

“If you are unsure if you up to date with your child’s vaccinations make sure you contact your GP or health visitor.”

Conversely, Barnsley and Rotherham were both above the 95 percent threshold at 95.4 and 95.5 respectively.

Doncaster was by far the worst-performing area in South Yorkshire as it has not only failed to meet the regional average for Yorkshire in 2019/20 (92.6 percent) but has also failed to meet the national average for England in that time (90.6 percent).

Doncaster Council have been approached for comment.