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London’s catch-up vaccination campaign against measles, mumps, and rubella reaches less than a quarter of children who were unvaccinated

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1797
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    A catch-up campaign managed to vaccinate only a quarter of London children who had missed out on vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) when they were young, the annual meeting of the Health Protection Agency heard last week.

    Lessons learnt could help to inform plans for the country-wide campaign, which is due to start shortly, the audience heard. All primary care trusts in England were sent a letter last month asking them to reduce the risk of a measles epidemic by offering the MMR vaccine to every unvaccinated child younger than 18.

    In the catch-up campaign in London parents of less than half the children returned consent forms, 80% of children whose forms were returned had already been vaccinated, and only 70% of the rest received the jab.

    Immunisation coordinators from the London campaign thought that there had been too little time to plan the scheme, with most saying that they had had been given than six weeks. …

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