UPTAKE levels of childhood immunisations across Lothian rose during 2009 according to figures published today (Thursday 25 March).
Says a spokesperson: “More than 98 per cent of one year-olds and two year-olds received their vaccinations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough (Pertussis), Polio and Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae) – above the Scottish average and the national target of 95 per cent.
“Uptake of the MMR vaccine has also improved with 95 per cent of five year-olds across Lothian being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella.
“West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership has once again emerged as the area with the highest levels with 99.4 per cent of eligible five year-old children being given the MMR vaccine.”
Dr Dermot Gorman, public health consultant, NHS Lothian, said: “The latest figures show that Lothian continues to have a good record on the uptake of childhood immunisations which are so important to protecting the health of our young.
“I would, though, like to take the opportunity to remind parents that these inoculations are enormously important and can prevent very serious illnesses. With many of these vaccines it takes more than one injection to receive full protection, so we hope parents will return with their children for the second dose.”
The figures have been published today by ISD Scotland.
Issued: 25 March 2010
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