Decline in pre-school vaccinations – Jon Ashworth responds
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the decline in nearly all pre-school vaccinations, said:
“This report is a serious wake up call. Labour has long warned of falling vaccination rates.
“A decade of funding squeezes imposed on general practice, cuts to public health and falling health visitors numbers is putting children at risk of very serious illness.
“The health and wellbeing of children should be a priority for ministers. As this report suggests, parents need consistent reminders and better access to vaccine appointments. But the government also needs to properly fund services as a whole to help tackle this vital issue.”
Notes to Editors:
- In its report published today (Friday), the NAO finds NHS England has missed the Department of Health and Social Care’s performance standard for the uptake of nearly all pre-school vaccinations in England in 2018-19. Uptake of nearly all pre-school vaccinations has declined since 2012-13 and in 2019 the World Health Organization withdrew the UK’s measles elimination status.
- In July 2019, PHE estimated that around 90,000 children in England (1 in 7) had not had both doses of MMR at the age of five. Current levels of uptake of the second dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination are 86.4 per cent, below the 95 per cent recommended by the World Health Organization to give herd immunity