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Immunisation and Vaccines

Vaccine Uptake

Childhood Immunisations

In Scotland the target of the national immunisation programme is for 95% of children to complete courses of the following childhood immunisations by 24 months of age:  diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Meningococcal group C (MenC).  An additional national target of 95% uptake of one dose of MMR vaccine by 5 years of age (with a supplementary measure at 24 months) was introduced in 2006 to focus efforts on reducing the number of susceptible children entering primary school.

In 2008 Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination was introduced into the routine childhood schedule and is offered to girls aged 12-13 at school to protect them against cervical cancer later in life.