Research and analysis
Evaluation of vaccine uptake during the 2013 MMR catch-up campaign in England
Report for the national measles oversight group on uptake of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
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In the first 3 months of 2013 there was an increase in number of cases of measles in England compared to previous years, which was most marked among 10 to 16 year-olds. A national catch-up campaign was launched in April 2013 with the objective of ensuring that 95% of children aged 10 to 16 years received at least one dose of MMR vaccine by 30 September 2013.
The objectives of this evaluation of outcomes were:
- to estimate, for children aged 10 to 16 years at 1 April 2013 in England (and separately for London and the rest of England), the proportion that were vaccinated for measles at baseline
- to estimate, for all children aged 10 to 16 years at 1 April 2013 in England (and separately for London and the rest of England), the proportion receiving at least one dose of MMR and the number of children who remained unvaccinated by the mid-point of the campaign