Wigan Borough is one of the top performers in the North West for childhood vaccinations, new data has revealed. New stats from Public Health England show the council is consistently above the national and regional average figures for childhood immunisation meaning more children are protected from preventable diseases such as mumps and measles.
For each disease, the national average vaccination uptake figure is around the 90 per cent mark. Wigan Borough has surpassed this and even reaches highs of 96 per cent for routine Hib/Men C vaccinations in five-year olds.
The latest quarterly report covers vaccination uptake between January 2019 and March 2019 and relates to preventable diseases including mumps, measles, pertussis and meningococcal disease.
Deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for adult social care said: “Once again, Wigan Borough has reached the national target levels for the number of children having the course of vaccinations . We would like to thank those who have made sure their child is protected against many of these illnesses, which are now thankfully rare due to the success of the vaccination campaign.”
Dr Tim Dalton, Local GP and Chair of NHS Wigan Borough CCG, said: “Vaccinations are so important for keeping children free of many nasty illnesses and diseases, including mumps and measles. It is fantastic that local parents take their children’s health seriously and get them vaccinated. I would like to add my thanks to parents, and also to GPs, their practice nurses and school nurses who do a great job of doing the vaccinating!
“Finally, it might seem early, but come September, children under 5 will be invited for their flu vaccination. Please get your children vaccinated as soon as you get the invite and keep them flu free this winter.”
For more information on what vaccinations your child may need, or to check if they are up-to-date, you can contact your child’s GP.