Lothian children in vaccination success

NHS LOTHIAN is continuing to exceed Scottish Government targets on the immunisation of children against diseases such as polio and diphtheria, according to new government statistics.

The target on immunisations against diseases such as Meningitis C, Hib, polio, tetanus and diphtheria is 95%.

NHS Lothian’s record on these targets for the quarter October-December 2007, is as follows:

NHS Lothian’s performance is as follows:

  • 97.3% Diphtheria
  • 97.3% Tetanus
  • 97.3% Pertussis
  • 97.1% Polio
  • 97.1% Haemophilus Influenzae (Hib)
  • 96.3% Meningitis C

NHS Lothian is above average in terms of Scottish NHS boards on the vaccination of children against measles, mumps and rubella, with 92% of children up to two years old receiving protection against these potentially serious diseases. Dr Lorna Willocks, Consultant, Public Health, NHS Lothian said:


“The vast majority of parents in Lothian are continuing to back the immunisation of their children against what can be very serious diseases. It is never too late to protect your children against these diseases.”
The figures on children under 6 receiving their full protection against MMR through the second injection have increased by over 1% in nine months – moving to 90.5% from 76.2%. This is above the Scottish average of 90.1%.


Dr Willocks continued:
“It is important that children receive two doses of MMR to provide full protection.”