Immunisations: Facts and figures

Supporting Information

Source: COVER (Coverage of Vaccine Evaluated Rapidly – national scheme run by the Health Protection Agency based on local reports)

Childhood Immunisations

  • Uptake of the third dose of Diptheria vaccine (D3) is an indicator of completion of the primary course of immunisation of children under 12 months that aims to protect children against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Haemophilus influenzae b and Group C Meningococcus
  • MMR aims to protect children against measles, mumps and rubella. Two doses are required: MMR 1 at 12 months and MMR 2 at any time after three months have elapsed since MMR1, but before five years of age.
  • Hib/ MenC and PCV boosters (bstr) are given at 12 months and aim to protect children against Haemophilus influenzae B, Group C Meningococcus and Pneumococcus.
  • D4 is the fourth dose of diphtheria vaccine. This is a key component of the preschool booster, which should be given at any time from the age of three years and four months but before the child starts school. The preschool booster completes the protection of children against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio.




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