Response to ISD Scotland publication on immunisation statistics

 NHS Lothian is continuing to be among the top-ranked boards in Scotland on the immunisation of children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella, according to new figures from ISD Scotland.


Over 93% of eligible two year old children received the first stage MMR vaccination in Lothian from January to March 2007, compared to the Scottish average of 92.3%.

Lothian has been consistently in the top four of Scottish boards on this measure.

Lothian's performance on this measure is an improvement, year on year, compared with the same period last in 2006, where 92.9% of eligible children were immunised.

Dr Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health, NHS Lothian said:

"We are pleased to see that the vast majority of parents in Lothian are continuing to back the immunisation of their children against what can be very serious diseases. We hope that parents realise that it is never too late to protect your children against these diseases."

NHS Lothian is continuing to exceed Scottish Executive targets on immunisation against other diseases such as polio and diphtheria, according to the latest bulletin from ISD Scotland, covering the period from January to March 2007.

The Scottish Executive target is 95%. NHS Lothian's performance is as follows:

  • 97.4% Diphtheria
  • 97.4% Tetanus
  • 97.4 Pertussis
  • 97.3% Polio
  • 96.8% Haemophilus Influenzae (Hib)
  • 95.9% Meningitis C
  • 93.1% MMR