§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were administered MMR vaccinations in the year 1988–89; in how many cases contra-indications were reported after the administering of the vaccine; and how many cases of mumps, measles and rubella occurred in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Mellor
Immunisation uptake figures for 1988–89 will not be available until later this year. However, from the launch of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine last October to the end of January, 1.2 million doses were made available. The number of children in the recommended priority groups (aged 15 months and 4 to 5 years) who became eligible for the vaccine in that period was 400,000.68W
Contra-indications are reasons for not administering vaccines and are not therefore reported. Mumps and rubella became notifiable only from 1 October 1988; since then 13,140 and 8,876 cases respectively have been notified. Notifications for measles for the last five years were:
Numbers 1984 62,080 1985 97,408 1986 82,061 1987 42,065 1988 185,642 1 Provisional.
Source: OPCS (England and Wales).