Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two in Three Children Fail to Have MMR Jab by Age 5

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two in Three Children Fail to Have MMR Jab by Age 5

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Byline: Ruth Bloomfield and Sophie Goodchild

TWO thirds of five-year-olds in parts of London have not had the MMR jab, new figures reveal today.

Health experts warned that ongoing safety concerns about the vaccine are partly to blame for dramatic local variations. Only about a third of children in three health areas -- Brent, the City and Hackney and Haringey -- have had the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella.

Only about half of the children in Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington and Lewisham, have had the jab. According to official advice the first dose of the inoculation should be given by the age of 13 months and the second before a child is five.

Now-discredited research that linked MMR and autism has led to parents boycotting the treatment.

The best performing areas in London in 2008-9, the most up-to-date figures available, were Barnet, Richmond and Twickenham, Westminster and Newham, where more than 80 per cent had the jab by the time they were five, according to figures revealed in a parliamentary question. …

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