Thousands of Children at Risk as Vaccination Rates Decrease in UK

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According to reports, thousands of children face an increased risk of catching deadly diseases in England, and the country, as rising figures show vaccination levels have decreased across all jabs virtually.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has been urging parents and guardians to ensure that their children have received the routine jabs against potentially severe diseases like measles and polio, after data revealed a drop in the vaccination rates.

NHS Digital data has shown vaccine coverage decreased in 13 out of 14 routine programmes for children around five years old in England in 2022 compared with the year before.

Dr. Doug Brown, chief executive of the British Society of Immunology, said that the publication of the children’s vaccination statistics in England is worrying, and immediate action to tackle this downward trend and protect their communities from preventable diseases is needed urgently.

According to health officials, disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic was likely to have led to a drop in vaccination rates. UKHSA said it was very important that child vaccine coverage has been increased to 95 percent, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of severe and deadly diseases.

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