* NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
* Regional figures are available
20 Sept 2017
The proportion of eligible children receiving their first dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR1) by their fifth birthday has met the World Health Organisation target of 95 per cent for the first time in England in 2016-17.
Statistics published today by NHS Digital1, show that the proportion of children receiving the MMR1 vaccine by age five has increased year on year since 2006-07. Coverage was 95.0 per cent in 2016-17 compared with 94.8 per cent for 2015-16.
Coverage of the MMR1 vaccine by children's second birthday has decreased in 2016-17 for the third year in a row to 91.6 per cent.
Childhood Vaccination Coverage Statistics 2016-172 include national coverage figures for routine childhood vaccinations, which are offered to all children up to the age of five3.
Other routine vaccinations included in the report are DTaP/IPV/Hib (also referred to as the 5-in-1 vaccine), pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and the children's flu vaccine.
According to the report, 93.4 per cent of children received the 5-in-1 vaccine before their first birthday in 2016-17, which is a decrease from 93.6 per cent last year and 94.2 per cent in 2014-15.
This is the first year that national coverage figures for the rotavirus vaccine have been included in the report. Figures show that 89.6 per cent of children in England received the rotavirus vaccine before their first birthday during 2016-17.
Experimental statistics4 for the meningococcal B (MenB)5 vaccine have also been included for the first time.
Regional breakdowns are available in the report and show a variation in coverage across the country. Levels of immunisation for 10 out of the 12 routine childhood vaccinations covered by the report were highest in the North East. London had the lowest immunisation coverage for all 12 routine childhood vaccinations included in the report.
The 2016-17 report is accompanied by a new interactive data dashboard which has been developed in collaboration with Public Health England.
This dashboard enables users to drill down to local authority level and examine both local and national trends in greater detail.
Childhood Vaccination Coverage Statistics 2016-17are available on the NHS Digital website.