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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

NHS Immunisation Statistics - England, 2009-10

National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations
Date Range:
01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010


The information in this bulletin, about immunisation statistics in England, comes from:

  1. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) Centre for Infections (CfI) for information on childhood immunisation coverage at ages 1, 2 and 5 collected through the Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) data collection for PCTs
  2. The NHS Information Centre (The NHS IC) for information about the BCG programme and reinforcing doses on the KC50 return from known providers of immunisation services.
  3. The Department of Health for information on persons aged 65 and over immunised against influenza for all PCTs (in conjunction with Health Protection Agency)

Subsequent to publishing this report on 30th November 2010 a number of changes were identified as being needed. These are detailed in the Errata note document above.

March 2013: Following investigation of KC50 data submitted by some Trusts from 2008-09 through to 2010-11, the HSCIC is recommending that Td/IPV and BCG data reported in tables 6, 7, 13 and 13a of this publication should be treated with some caution. See Errata note above for more information.

Please note: Issues with some newly implemented Child Health Information Systems (CHISs) over recent years have affected COVER data quality. Although some Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) reported data quality issues in 2009-10, overall fewer issues have been identified. Some caution should, however, be exercised when comparing coverage figures over time as apparent trends could reflect changes in the quality of data reported as well as real changes in vaccination coverage. While this issue will be more apparent at a local level, it will also have an impact on the national figures.


  • Reported coverage figures for all routine childhood vaccinations reported through the Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) programme have shown an increase at national and generally at regional level this year, although figures for London remain lower than other regions. Consultation with PCTs suggests that there may be a number of reasons for these changes including efforts to improve coverage as well as improved reporting/recording.
  • In 2009-10, PCTs reported that 93.6 per cent of children reaching their first birthday had completed primary immunisation courses against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib). This compares with 92.0 per cent in 2008-09. Coverage of the primary course DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine is reported again at two years. For children reaching their second birthday, coverage in 2009-10 was 95.3 per cent, exceeding the World Health Organisation target for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Pertussis of 95% per cent for the first time since the combined vaccine was first reported in 2006-07.
  • After falling to a low of 79.9 per cent in 2003-04, figures reported by PCTs show that coverage of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine for children reaching their second birthday increased to 88.2 per cent in 2009-10 (coverage in 2008-09 was 84.9 per cent). However, despite this increase, coverage is still lower than in the mid 1990s, when just over 90 per cent of children received the MMR vaccine, as well as lower than the World Health Organisation target of 'more than 95 per cent coverage'.
  • Comparison of coverage in 2009-10 at five years shows that whilst 91.0 per cent of children had received their first dose of MMR, only 82.7 per cent had completed the recommended schedule of two doses by this age.
  • Comparative data shows vaccination coverage in England to be consistently below that in other UK countries.


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