MMR vaccine uptake may be lower than reported because of manipulation of target groupsBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7339.733 (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:733
- Thomas J Scanlon, consultant in public health medicine. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Health Authority, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PB
EDITOR—One issue seems to have been completely ignored in the current debate on vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The average uptake of the MMR vaccine across England now stands officially at 84%, some way off the recommended target of 95%. Although this rate is of considerable concern in itself, vaccine uptake may be even lower than reported.
Falling rates of vaccine uptake and the subsequent loss of income experienced by several general practices failing to reach payment targets have prompted some general practitioners to take …