UK recovering from Wakefield legacy

THE immunisation rate  for MMR vaccine in the UK has reached 90% for the first time since 1998, the independent, government-established Health Protection Agency (HPA) reports.

Immunisation with MMR plummeted in the UK following Andrew Wakefield’s Lancet publication linking the vaccine to autism, which was subsequently discredited.

Over the past few years MMR vaccination has been climbing and the HPA reports some health areas in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England have reached the World Health Organization target of 95% coverage at age 24 months, which is required to achieve population immunity.

Meanwhile, research from Leeds, UK, shows ambivalent parents are more likely to decide to immunise their children following local community meetings where they receive vaccination information and participate in group discussion.

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