Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

One in Five Children Are Not Getting Their Jabs

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

One in Five Children Are Not Getting Their Jabs

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NEARLY as many as one in five children are not getting all their vaccinations.

New figures from the NHS have revealed that in the last year, just 82.0 per cent of five-year-olds in Manchester received all their recommended vaccinations.

These include primary vaccinations and boosters for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, haemophilus influenzae type B, measles, mumps and rubella and meningitis C. While more than nine in 10 children were getting their primary jabs in 2017-18, the figure fell for boosters, leaving nearly 1,400 five-year-olds at risk of catching or spreading certain diseases.

Coverage in Manchester is lower than the national average. Across England, 85.6pc of fiveyear-olds in the country received all the recommended vaccinations.

The city falls behind when it comes to vaccinating younger children, too, although uptake is higher for one- and two-yearolds. …

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