Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Tony Cunningham Tony Cunningham Labour, Workington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of lives saved following the introduction of the (a) maternal pertussis programme and (b) recent measles vaccination programme.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England collects surveillance data on diseases including pertussis and measles and monitors the uptake of routine vaccination programmes. Evaluation of the maternal pertussis vaccination programme introduced on 1 October 2012, in response to a high number of infant cases and deaths, suggests that it has been highly effective in preventing hospitalisations and deaths due to pertussis in young infants. In 2012, there were 14 pertussis-related infant deaths and one infant death in 2013.

The measles, mumps and rubella catch-up campaign for 10 to 16-year-olds was launched in April 2013 to prevent widespread measles outbreaks in England. Fortunately deaths from measles are extremely rare. Between 2008 and 2012, there was one measles-related death in England and Wales.

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