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Asian children most likely to receive MMR

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Asian children in urban areas are more likely to have received the MMR vaccine than children from other ethnic backgrounds, suggest UK research findings.

Asian children in urban areas are more likely to have received the MMR vaccine than children from other ethnic backgrounds, suggest UK research findings.

The authors analysed data on 6,444 children aged between 18 months and 3 years old, who were living in the London borough of Brent.

They found more than 87% of Asian children had been given the triple vaccine, compared to 74.7% of Afro-Caribbean children, and only 57.5% of children from white backgrounds.

The authors said Asian mothers appeared to trust health professionals more, and were also less likely than white parents to have encountered the debate over MMR safety.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2007) 61: 797-801

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