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NHS Immunisation Statistics, England - 2013-14

Publication date: 09:30 September 25, 2014

Summary

The information in this bulletin about immunisation statistics in England comes from Public Health England (PHE). Information on childhood immunisation coverage at ages 1, 2 and 5 years is collected through the Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) data collection for Upper Tier Local Authorities (LAs) and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Information on persons aged 65 and over immunised against seasonal flu is collected from GPs through PHE's ImmForm system.

3rd November 2014: Subsequent to publishing on 25 September 2014, an error was identified where Rutland Local Authority (LA) was incorrectly merged with Leicester LA instead of Leicestershire LA. England and regional level figures are not affected but some of the coverage figures for Leicestershire and Leicester are.

The HSCIC apologises for the inconvenience caused by this error and has reissued the figures for Leicester and Leicestershire in Tables 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b in the Excel and CSV files. The PDF report has also been revised.


Key Facts

  • National coverage figures for most routine childhood vaccinations reported through the COVER programme fell slightly in 2013-14, although coverage for Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) as measured at 2 years and MMR and Haemophilus influenzae type b/Meningococcal group C (Hib/MenC) at 5 years all showed small increases.
  • There was some regional variation in coverage across the country with levels of immunisation for most routine childhood vaccinations as measured at one, two and five years highest in the North East. Coverage levels were lowest in London for all routine childhood vaccinations.
  • In 2013-14, 94.3 per cent of children reaching their first birthday were reported to have completed primary immunisation courses against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib). This compares with 94.7 per cent in 2012-13. Although DTaP/IPV/Hib coverage in England remains below the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of 'at least 95 per cent', at a local level 91 LAs (out of 149) had coverage levels of 95 per cent and above.
  • Coverage of MMR vaccine in England for children reaching their second birthday rose to 92.7 per cent in 2013-14 compared to 92.3 per cent in 2012-13. This is the sixth consecutive year that a rise in MMR coverage has been reported and coverage is at its highest level since the vaccine was first introduced in 1988. Despite increases in recent years, MMR coverage in England is still below the WHO target of 'at least 95 per cent' coverage. Vaccination coverage of 95 per cent or more was reported for just over a third of LAs (51 out of 149).
  • In 2013-14, vaccination coverage in England was below that of other UK countries for all routine childhood vaccines measured at one, two and five years.

Coverage

Date Range: 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
Geographical coverage: UK, England
Geographical granularity: Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Local Authorities, Regions

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