National coverage figures reported for most routine childhood vaccinations at 1 and 2 years decreased slightly in 2015-16 for the third consecutive year. In addition, national coverage of Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) as measured at 2 years, decreased slightly in 2015-16 for the second consecutive year, following a year on year increase since 2007-08.
In 2015-16, 93.6 per cent of children reaching their first birthday had completed their primary immunisation courses against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Haemophilus Influenzae type b (DTaP/IPV/Hib). This compares with 94.2 per cent in 2014-15 and 94.3 per cent in 2013-14.
Coverage of the first dose of the MMR vaccine for children reaching their second birthday decreased to 91.9 per cent in 2015-16. This continues a downward trend in recent years. Coverage was 92.3 per cent in 2014-15 and 92.7 per cent in 2013-14.
National coverage of the first dose of the MMR vaccine (MMR1) for children aged 5 years old was at a record high of 94.8 per cent in 2015-16. Coverage was above the World Health Organisation (WHO) target of 95 per cent in seven of the nine government office regions.
National coverage figures reported for the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio (DTaP/IPV) booster as measured at 5 years show a decrease in 2015-16 for the third year in a row.