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NHS Immunisation Statistics, England - 2014-15

This is part of NHS Immunisation Statistics

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
23 Sep 2015
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Local Authorities, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 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.

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