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Databank. Immunisation statistics for 1998-99
Immunisation statistics for 1998-99
Between 1997-98 and 1998-99 immunisation coverage for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae b remained at the high levels achieved in 1997-98 for children reaching their second birthday in 1998-99. Coverage for measles, mumps and rubella in the same age group fell by 2ø percentage points. In 1998-99 about 95 per cent of children had been immunised against diphtheria, tetanus and polio by their second birthday. About 494,000 children were given reinforcing (booster) doses against these illnesses by school entry age and 286,000 school leavers received further reinforcing doses. About 95 per cent of two-year-olds had been immunised against Haemophilus influenzae b, 94 per cent against pertussis and 88 per cent against measles, mumps and rubella. About 434,000 tuberculin skin tests were administered, mostly to children aged ten to 15. About 11 per cent tested positive and had probably already developed some immunity to tuberculosis. BCG vaccination is not given in such circumstances. About 470,000 persons, including 70,000 infants under one year, were given BCG vaccinations against tuberculosis.