The Information Services Division, Scotland has published the latest statistics on childhood immunisation uptake rates in Scotland for the year ending 31 December 2019.
Key points from the report are as follows:
- Annual uptake rates remained high in 2019, with ~96 per cent of children having received each routine immunisation by the age of 12 months, except for rotavirus vaccine, which had uptake rate of 93.2 per cent.
- The slightly lower uptake rate for the rotavirus vaccine can be attributed to the short time window for its administration (first dose before 15 weeks and second before 24 weeks).
- Most children had received their booster vaccines by 24 months of age: Hib/MenC (94.3%), Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (94.4%) and MenB (93.5%).
- For the MMR vaccine:
- Ninety-four per cent of children had received the first dose by 24 months of age. The figure increased to 96.6 per cent for children who reached age five years in 2019.
- Uptake of the second dose by age five years was 91.4 per cent. It increased to 92.9 per cent by age six years.
- Children from the more deprived areas had a lower likelihood of taking up vaccination than those in the less deprived areas.
- There were increases in all measures of annual vaccine uptake at 12 months and the most measures at five years compared with 2018, whereas there were decreases in measures at 24 months and six years.