Measles vaccinations on the rise in the U.K.

Ninety-percent of children two years of age in the United Kingdom have received their first measles vaccine, the highest level of MMR vaccinations in 13 years a recent report has revealed.

The 90 percent level, while lauded, may still not be enough, Medical News Today reports, as the Health Protection Agency says that a 95 percent uptake rate is needed to stop the spread of the disease.

"We're very encouraged to see that UK MMR uptake has reached 90 percent in children aged two, indicating increasing levels of trust by parents in the immunization program," Dr. Mary Ramsay, head of the HPA immunization department, told Medical News Today.

Two doses of the MMR are usually given in the U.K., with the first administered at one year of age and the second when the child hits school age. There was a 0.6 percent increase in children two years of age receiving their first dose over the previous quarter, while the uptake rate for two doses in children five years of age increased by 0.3 percent from the previous quarter to 85.1 percent, the HPA reports.

"Anybody can get measles at any time, but it's particularly dangerous in very young children and young adults," Dr. David Elliman, a consultant community pediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, told Medical News Today. "Any opportunity people have to visit their GP and ask for the vaccine should be taken. Figures show 84 percent of children had received their second dose of the MMR vaccine by the age of five but we need 95 percent uptake to stop it going around and we are still not there."