Measles, mumps and rubella immunization in UK 2018/19, by country of the UK

The MMR vaccine in the United Kingdom is a combined vaccine which immunizes against measles, mumps and rubella. In 2018/19, 92.2 percent of children in Wales had received the second dose of the vaccine by their fifth birthday compared to 86.4 percent of children in England.

Rise of measles in recent years

In 2018, the UK had the fifth highest number of measles cases reported in Europe at 860. Italy and France had the highest amount of cases reported in this year at 2.2 thousand and 2.1 thousand respectively.

Views towards vaccines in the UK

In the UK most of the population believe in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. A 2018 survey of British respondents showed that 89 percent of the population believed that vaccines are important for children to have. In the same survey question, sixteen other European countries had a higher belief in the importance of child vaccinations than the UK, compared to twenty-one other countries which scored lower than the UK.

Proportion of children who received the MMR vaccine in the United Kingdom in 2018/19, by country of the UK

By second birthday (first dose)By fifth birthday (first dose)By fifth birthday (first and second dose)
England90.3%94.5%86.4%
Wales94.5%96.8%92.2%
Scotland94%96.8%91.5%
Northern Ireland92.6%96.7%91.6%
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Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

Age group

5 years and under

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