Clinical update

Vaccine uptake in children and young people

In March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new quality standards on vaccine uptake in the under 19s. Here are its recommendations.
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In March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new quality standards on vaccine uptake in the under 19s. Here are its recommendations.

Essential facts

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the two public health interventions with the greatest impact on the world's health are clean water and vaccines. The UK's national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases, such as polio, have disappeared, although they remain prevalent in other parts of the world. But in some areas one in ten children are not being vaccinated against diseases including polio and diphtheria, while only a quarter of local authorities met the WHO's target of 95% of children being vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella

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