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NHS Immunisation Statistics, England - 2014-15

Publication date: 09:30 September 23, 2015

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 children aged 2, 3 and 4 and adults aged 65 and over immunised against seasonal flu are collected from GPs through PHE's ImmForm system.

 

14 January 2016:Please note that Table 14a: Percentage of persons aged 65 and over immunised against Influenza (seasonal flu) by Local Authority, 2014-15 has been updated to include revised figures for City of London/Hackney and Westminster.


Key Facts

  • National coverage figures reported for most routine childhood vaccinations at 1 and 2 years fell slightly in 2014-15 for the second consecutive year. In addition national coverage of Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) as measured at 2 years, decreased slightly from that reported in 2013-14, following a year on year increase since 2007-08.
  • Conversely, coverage figures reported nationally for most of the routine childhood vaccinations at 5 years showed small increases in 2014-15. However, national coverage figures reported for the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio (DTaP/IPV) booster as measured at 5 years show a slight decrease in 2014-15 for the second year in a row.
  • In 2014-15, 94.2 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 94.3 per cent in 2013-14 and 94.7 per cent in 2012-13.
  • Although DTaP/IPV/Hib coverage in England at 12 months remains below the World Health Organization (WHO) target of 'at least 95 per cent', at a local level, 81 LAs (out of 149) had coverage levels of 95 per cent and above.
  • Coverage of the first dose of the MMR vaccine (MMR1) in England for children reaching their second birthday fell to 92.3 per cent in 2014-15 compared to 92.7 per cent in 2013-14. This is the first year since 2007-08 that a rise in MMR coverage has not been reported. The MMR coverage figure of 92.7 per cent reported in 2013-14 was the highest since the vaccine was first introduced in 1988. However, despite increases reported year on year up until 2013-14, 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 quarter of LAs (38 out of 149).

Please see previous versions of this publication. The publication is also accompanied by an Operational Note and a summary infographic.


Coverage

Date Range: 01 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
Geographical coverage: UK, England
Geographical granularity: Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Local Authorities, Regions

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