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NICE to tackle falling child vaccination rates

Millions of children are at risk of contracting potentially lethal diseases as some vaccination rates in England have been falling for the past two years, says NICE.

In some areas of the country, fewer than one in five children are vaccinated against diseases such as polio and diphtheria. Experts have warned that unless uptake rates improve there is a risk of these diseases making a comeback.

Last year only a quarter of local authorities met World Health Organisation targets to vaccinate 95% of children against measles, mumps and rubella.

A new draft quality standard from NICE, out for consultation until 29 September, has set out how to drive up the number of under 19s who receive vaccinations.