NHS Lothian scores new success on MMR

NHS Lothian has achieved a key government target on the vaccinations which prevent measles, mumps or rubella in children.

More than 95% of eligible five year-olds in Lothian have had the first MMR inoculation, according to figures published today.

This is ahead of the target level set by the Scottish Government.

Dr Lorna Willocks, Immunisation Co-ordinator, NHS Lothian, said:

“It’s excellent news, that so many parents have ensured their children will be protected against what can be very serious diseases. It takes two injections to receive full protection, so we would encourage all parents to return with their children for the second dose.”
The success has been attributed to an increase in vaccinations within the City of Edinburgh Community Health Partnership area, where the relevant figure was up to 94.9%.
The figures cover the period from April to June, 2008. The Scottish average was 94.9%.
West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership has once again emerged as the area with the highest levels of MMR vaccination among eligible two year-old children.
The figures have been published today (Tuesday, 30th September) by ISD Scotland.