MMR vaccine catch-up programme launched

Children need to have received two doses of MMR vaccine after their first birthday to ensure adequate protection | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Children need to have received two doses of MMR vaccine after their first birthday to ensure adequate protection | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

The Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England have announced a national catch-up programme to increase the uptake of MMR vaccination in unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10–16 year olds.

This follows a nationwide increase in measles cases which has been attributed to the proportion of unprotected children who missed out on vaccination in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when false claims linking autism and the MMR vaccine were widespread.

GP practices will need to identify children aged between 10 and 16 years who have not previously received MMR vaccination or who have received only one dose, and contact their families to offer the vaccination. The government has also launched a campaign to encourage parents to request vaccination for children in this age group.

View MIMS Routine Childhood Immunisation Schedule table 

View MMR vaccine drug records

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