Immunisations: What are the key inequalities?

Supporting Information

  • Evidence shows that the following groups of children and young people are at risk of not being fully immunised: children and young people who have missed previous vaccinations; looked after children; children with physical or learning difficulties; children of teenage or lone parents; children not registered with a general practitioner; younger children from large families; children who are hospitalised; minority ethnic groups; vulnerable children, such as those whose families are travellers, asylum seekers or homeless
  • In the case of MMR, reduced immunisation uptake has also been inversely correlated with socioeconomic wealth. In recent years, concerns about the safety of MMR have led to an overall reduction in MMR coverage in England, most notably in children of more affluent households.
  • Uptake of vaccines varies greatly by GP practice in Lewisham.







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