Written Answers. - Vaccination Programme.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

127 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the percentage uptake of childhood vaccinations to the end of September 1998; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22247/98]

The immunisation uptake rates for children at two years of age, by health board, at 30 September 1998, are as follows. (In the case of the Southern Health Board, the most recent figures available relate to the period ended 31 March 1998.):

Health Board

DPT/HIB Polio/

MMR

%

%

Eastern

84

76

Midland

82

71

Mid-Western

77

65

North-Eastern

80

70

North-Western

91

77

South Eastern

89

85

Southern

82

73

Western

84

71

The operation of the primary childhood immunisation programme is a matter in the first instance for the individual health boards, who enter into contracts with general practitioners for the delivery of the service. The objective of the programme is to achieve an uptake level of 95 per cent. My Department has established an immunisation advisory group, which is considering a range of issues concerning the operation of the programme, with a view to maximising uptake amongst the target population.