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Glasgow and Clyde achieves highest ever child immunisation rate

March 27, 2007 10:24 AM

27 March 2007

Glasgow and Clyde achieves highest ever child immunisation rate

Following on-going efforts by the city’s public health teams and community staff from CHCPs, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has achieved one of its highest ever childhood immunisation rates. 

Data released today from the Information and Statistic Division shows that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has turned around uptake levels of child immunisation.

For years, achieving this uptake has been difficult in many parts of the Board area due in part to deprivation and hard to reach communities.

Working closely with GPs and other health professionals in the community, our public health consultants made a concerted drive to highlight the extreme importance of protecting youngsters from a variety of childhood diseases such as Mumps, Polio, Tetanus, Diptheria and Measles.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Glasgow and Clyde’s Lead NHS Public Health Consultant, said: “Protecting children from the ravages of these very serious conditions has to be a top priority.  By achieving such high levels of immunisation we can maintain the standards of protection necessary to prevent major outbreaks.

“We have come a long way, in particular regard to the MMR uptake, when only four years ago – due to the mistaken fears of a link to Autism – uptake levels of the vaccine were so low that we were in danger of losing  ‘herd’ immunity against measles and rubella which could have caused catastrophic outbreaks.

“Due to the continuing hard work of our staff, we managed to reverse this trend and the latest uptake shows that over 93% of 2 year olds and nearly 95% of 5 year olds in the Board area received the MMR vaccine.”

Key to this turnaround has been a range of measures introduced by the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, these include:

  • A significant programme of training and education for frontline staff so that they can confidently discuss and reassure parents about the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.
  • GPs and Public Health experts have also made themselves available to meet with parents face-to-face in order to discuss any concerns they may have.
  • A wide range of jargon free information has been made available for parents, including web-based advice through to informative leaflets and fact sheets.

ENDS

For further information please contact 0141 201 4429.

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