Vaccination boost in Derbyshire

MORE children than ever before have been vaccinated against serious illnesses such as measles and meningitis C through NHS Derbyshire County’s childhood immunisation programme.

Take-up of the jabs – which start protecting vulnerable children from highly infectious diseases from as young as two months – are on an upward trend, with significant improvements in a number of key areas. These include the percentage of children having the MMR jab, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella and the PCV vaccine, which protects against pneumonia.

Health bosses also say that uptake for childhood vaccines in the first part of the year are at their highest yet – with the government’s 95 per cent ‘herd immunity’ target being achieved for all vaccines offered in the programme.

The childhood vaccination programme protects children against ten infectious diseases.