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Childhood Vaccination Coverage Statistics - England 2018-19
26 Sep 2019
Country, Regions, Local Authorities
01 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
This statistical report, co-authored with Public Health England (PHE), reports childhood vaccination coverage statistics for England in 2018-19.
Data relates to the routine vaccinations offered to all children up to the age of five years, derived from the Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER). Additional information on children aged 2 and 3 vaccinated against seasonal flu are collected from GPs through PHE's ImmForm system.
Coverage declined in all routine vaccinations*
Vaccinations measured at 12 months, 24 months or five years, in England in 2018-19, compared to the previous year.
The decreases ranged in size from 0.2 to 1.0 percentage points.
DTaP/IPV/Hib coverage declined for all ages
Coverage at 12 months was 92.1%, its lowest since 2008-09.
Coverage at 24 months was 94.2%, the first time it dropped below the 95% target since 2008-09.
MMR1 and MMR2 coverage at 5 years dropped
MMR1 coverage at 5 years is 94.5%, down from 94.9% in 2017-18 and below the 95% target.
MMR2 coverage at 5 years is 86.4% (down from 87.2% in 2017-18).
*NB. This key fact has been updated post-publication for clarity. It previously stated 'Coverage declined in all 13 routine vaccinations'.
In 2018-19, coverage declined in all 13 measures of coverage for 9 routine childhood vaccinations, compared to the previous year.
Changes in coverage cannot be measured for the 10th routine vaccination, MenB booster, as this is reported for the first time in 2018-19, therefore no comparison to 2017-18 data is available.
Coverage for some vaccines is assessed at multiple ages resulting in more measures of coverage than vaccinations.