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Effectiveness of interventions\ud to improve the uptake of immunisation\ud in primary care, with specific focus on\ud Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR)

By Jane Morrell, Serena McCluskey, Steve Lui and Annie Topping

Abstract

Background: There has been a decade of MMR vaccine uptake which is below the threshold for\ud herd immunity for measles and large numbers of children are unprotected. The\ud number of measles cases in England is now rising (DH, 2008). The Department of\ud Health has issued a letter about the urgent action needed to reduce the risk of a\ud measles epidemic. PCTs are following DH guidance in conducting MMR catch up\ud programmes to increase uptake to 95% to gain herd immunity for the population, as\ud well as increasing the overall immunisation coverage.\ud \ud \ud Objectives: We carried out a rapid review of published studies to assess the evidence of the\ud effectiveness of interventions to promote uptake of immunisation, with a particular\ud emphasis on MMR. We also included studies which assessed healthcare\ud professionals’ issues relating to immunisation and studies which examined parents’\ud concerns and issues that influenced decision making associated with vaccination

Topics: HQ, RA0421, RJ101
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:4986

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