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Childhood immunisation

Immunisation protects children and young people from vaccine preventable infections and communicable diseases, and Herefordshire is now mostly doing well in terms of local uptake.

In 2015/16 local Dtap/IPV/Hib7 immunisation rates exceeded the herd immunity uptake target of 95 per cent and were higher than national and regional figures. Similarly, the local uptake for Haemophilus Influenza type B/Meningitis (Hib/MenC) and Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) first and second doses have increased since 2010/11 and in 2015/16 all exceeded the target of 95 per cent for the first time and were higher than both the national and regional figures.

The HPV vaccine protects against the two high-risk HPV types – 16 and 18 – that cause over 70% of cervical cancers.  In September 2014, the routine Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) programme was changed from a three to two-dose schedule. Between 2014/15 and 2015/16 the coverage of the initial dose of the HPV vaccine in Herefordshire increased from 81.4 to 83.6 to per cent, while for England the coverage decreased over this time, although the national figure in both years was higher than that for Herefordshire. In 2015/16 the coverage for two doses in Herefordshire was 81.4 per cent which was lower than the national rate of 85.1 and the West Midlands region rate of 86.0.

Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018