Measles vaccine uptake rises in England

According to a new report by the NHS Information Center, the proportion of children in England who receive the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella continues to rise.
In 2010-11, 89.1 percent of children had received the vaccine by their second birthday, which is an increase from 88.2 percent the previous year, indicating that public trust in the vaccine is growing, Net Doctor reports.
The report shows that vaccine uptake for MMR is close to levels seen in the mid-1990s when more than 90 percent of children received the jab. This still leaves some way to go before hitting the World Health Organization's target of more than 95 percent.
"The percentage of our child population immunized with the MMR vaccine continues to rise," Tim Straughan, the chief executive of the NHS Information Center, said, according to Net Doctor.
Straughan said that the percentage of children protected against other diseases, including polio, tetanus, diphtheria and meningitis C, has also risen. The U.K.'s Health Protection Agency recently urged students to make sure they have had all their recommended vaccinations, including MMR, before going to university.
Figures show that there were 777 confirmed cases of measles in Wales and England between January and July, most of which involved young adults or children under the age of 25.