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Letters Need to increase MMR uptake

Future reporting of vaccine uptake needs to include any change in ethnic or socioeconomic disparities

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 18 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1233
  1. Uy Hoang, research fellow1,
  2. Simon de Lusignan, professor of primary care and clinical informatics1 2,
  3. Mark Joy, senior research statistician1,
  4. Julian Sherlock, data analyst1,
  5. John Williams, senior research fellow1,
  6. Clare Bankhead, associate professor1,
  7. Gary Howsam, vice chair, RCGP2,
  8. Mark Thomas, executive director of policy and engagement, RCGP2,
  9. Matthew Snape, associate professor of general paediatrics and vaccinology3,
  10. F D Richard Hobbs, professor of primary care1,
  11. Andrew J Pollard, professor of paediatric infection and immunity3
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
  2. 2RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre, Royal College of General Practitioners, London, UK
  3. 3Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, and NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK
  1. uy.hoang{at}

We welcome Bedford and Donovan’s recent call for a greater focus on routine childhood vaccinations1 and campaign by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities to increase uptake of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in England.2 The need for this strategic focus accords with our estimates, which further identify widening disparities in childhood vaccine uptake.3

Bedford and Donovan point out that “even a small decline in MMR vaccine uptake—the ‘canary in …

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