Why MMR Vaccination Rate Is Lowest From The Last 10 Years
Experts warn that the vaccination rate of children in England has dropped to its lowest level in a decade, putting one in 10 at risk of catching deadly measles as they begin school. Children should receive their MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine and other routine shots before they begin school, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
Measles can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia and brain inflammation, known as encephalitis, a highly infectious disease. Furthermore, measles damage and suppress the immune system, leaving children much more vulnerable to other infections. In some cases, measles can progress to a condition known as sub-acute sclerosing pan encephalitis (SSPE). This condition can result in progressive loss of motor control, epilepsy, or death.
The first MMR vaccine is offered to all children on the NHS at one, and the second one is given at the age of three years and four months. Recent vaccine data show that only 88.5 percent of kids received their first MMR dose by two years old, and just 85.6 percent received both at five years old.
According to this data, more than one out of 10 children aged five still lacks two doses of the MMR vaccine. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), vaccination is necessary for 95 percent of all children to prevent measles.
The UKHSA and the NHS have launched a new campaign to encourage parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated against preventable diseases. According to the UKHSA, vaccinating children against MMR and other diseases at the right time has decreased significantly since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Those traveling worldwide will be more likely to bring measles with them as international travel resumes. The UK must therefore increase MMR vaccination rates.
In 1968, the measles vaccine was introduced, preventing an estimated 20 million measles cases and 4,500 deaths in the United Kingdom. MMR vaccines provide the best immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, so parents and caregivers should ensure their children receive a full course of the vaccination, Dr. Vanessa Saliba said.
According to Nikki Kanani, all parents and guardians should ensure that their children receive routine vaccinations, including the MMR. Children receive these vaccines to protect them from severe and potentially deadly illnesses, and they stop outbreaks in the community.
If parents are uncertain whether their child has been vaccinated, they should check their child’s Red Book (personal child health record) in the first instance.
Two thousand parents and guardians of children aged five and younger were interviewed as part of the campaign, and 48 percent were not aware measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and brain inflammation.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents were unaware that measles could be fatal, and 56 percent were unaware that two doses of the MMR vaccine provide 99 percent protection against measles and rubella.