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Meningitis C Immunisation Programme

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Meningitis C Immunisation Programme

In the autumn of 1999 the Men C vaccine was added to the schedule of primary immunisations offered in three doses to babies at ages 2, 3 and 4 months. A catch-up campaign was also set up around this time to offer the vaccine to everyone of school age and, from January 2000, to pre-school children too old to be included in the programme of primary immunisations. The Men C vaccine was also offered to everyone under the age of 18 by December 2000.

The principal aim of these pages is to give a picture of how uptake of a newly introduced vaccine progressed during the first year of the campaign among children in Scotland.

These pages describe results on the progress of the Men C campaign during 2000 among babies and pre-school children. At the time of publication data were not available to allow routine reporting for children born in 2000.

At the time the MenC programme was introduced the data came from two sources. These two sources were the Grampian Immunisation Record System (GIRS), covering Grampian, Orkney and Shetland Health Boards, and the Standard Immunisation and Recall System (SIRS) which covers the remaining health boards in Scotland. Both are continuous recording systems. However, as from December 2002 the SIRS and GIRS system amalgamated in to a Scottish system (Scottish Immunisation Recall System - SIRS).

Since the data from SIRS were extracted after the end of December 2000, the results presented should give a complete picture of all immunisations that took place in these NHS board areas during 2000. However, the data from GIRS presented here was extracted in early December 2000 and will therefore not include immunisations that took place towards the end of 2000 in the corresponding NHS board areas.

Primary Immunisation Programme

Among the 13,268 children born between January and March 2000, at least 91% had received a full course of the Men C vaccine by the end of 2000. Among the similar number born in April to June 2000, at least 84% had been fully immunised by the end of the year.

Uptake was 90% or more in most NHS board areas. Uptake rates for the same children by deprivation category (depcat) are shown in Figure 1 Download Excel file [24KB] where depcat 1 represents the least deprivation and depcat 7 the most. The deprivation categories shown here are based on the Carstairs method and use information for postcode sectors across Scotland from the 1991 census. Around a thousand children could not be assigned to a deprivation category in this way and have been excluded.Uptake was lower in depcat 7 at 6 months of age. However, there was little difference among deprivation categories after 10 months.

Catch-up / Pre-School Children

For children who had already completed their primary immunisation programme when the Men C vaccine campaign began, the recommended dosage was 2 doses for those aged 5-11 months and 1 dose for those aged 1 year and older.

Figure 2 Download Excel file [21KB] shows the uptake of the Men C vaccine during 2000 among the various pre-school catch-up cohorts previously not vaccinated. This shows how the younger cohorts were generally offered the vaccine early in the year followed by the remaining children up to school age later in the year. Based on currently available data, uptake rates were close to or greater than 90% in all age groups by the end of 2000.

Note that the cohort aged 6 months to 1 year at 1/1/2000 (6 m - 1 yr) will contain some children vaccinated at 2, 3 and 4 months as part of the primary immunisation programme.


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