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Children with learning disabilities may miss important vaccinations

For almost all vaccinations, at all ages, vaccination rates are lower for children with learning disabilities, data analysis shows
Picture shows an adult filling a syringe while a small child watches. For almost all vaccinations, at all ages, vaccination rates are lower for children with learning disabilities, a study shows.

For almost all vaccinations, at all ages, vaccination rates are lower for children with learning disabilities, data analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study shows

Child health policy in the UK includes vaccination from eight weeks to 13 years for diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis.

Vaccination programmes protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as reducing the likelihood of disease outbreaks in communities.

The Millennium Cohort Study follows more than 18,000 children born between 2000 and 2003, of whom 671 have been identified as having a learning disability.

Across successive waves of data collection, parental carers have answered questions about vaccinations that reveal rates of uptake and reasons for non-uptake. The findings are relevant to learning disability nurses working in paediatric or preschool child health settings, who may be well placed to promote greater uptake

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