Wales reports more children than ever receiving MMR vaccine
The figures indicate 93 percent of Welsh children who had reached their fifth birthdays as of March 31 had received the recommended two doses of the vaccine.
Countrywide, coverage by a child's second birthday was at 95.8 percent.
To prevent the spread of measles, the World Health Organization recommends 95 percent MMR coverage.
“Across Wales, parents have regained their confidence in the highly effective MMR vaccine and these statistics show how far we have come," Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford said. “There is, however, no room for complacency and I hope to see us improve take-up further for all childhood vaccines next year."
The Wales statistics also showed:
- More than 95 percent of children who reached their first birthday in the year had received the five-in one immunization and were vaccinated against meningitis C and pneumococcal (PCV)
- 98 percent of children who reached their second birthday in the year had received their five-in-one immunization and 97 percent were immunized against meningitis C
- Administration of two doses of the new rotavirus vaccine in children reaching their first birthday was almost 84 percent (this was the first group of children who were eligible to receive rotavirus vaccine).