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Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

5 October 2019

9:00 AM

5 October 2019

9:00 AM

Who speaks what

The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, included a little Punjabi in his speech to the Tory conference. How many people in Britain would have understood him? In the 2011 census the ONS counted 273,000 Punjabi speakers in Britain. The other most common languages, besides English and Welsh, were:

Polish 546,000
Urdu 269,000
Bengali 221,000
Gujarati 213,000
Arabic 159,000
French 147,000
Portuguese 133,000
Spanish 120,000

 

Death by gender

The British Heart Foundation claimed women were needlessly dying of heart disease because they were receiving less good treatment than men. How do the causes of death differ between the sexes?


Deaths per million in 2017

Men / Women
Ischaemic heart disease 1,516 / 680
Dementia 1,097 / 1,283
Cerebrovascular diseases 597 / 550
Chronic lower
respiratory diseases
677 / 510
Lung cancer 660 / 465

Source: ONS

Giving them jabs

Health secretary Matt Hancock suggested that childhood vaccinations might become compulsory in order to protect children from the ‘anti-vacc’ movement. Are vaccination rates dropping?

Percentage of children vaccinated

2012-13 / 2017-18
Diphtheria, tetanus, polio
and HIB (12 mths)
94.7 / 93.1
Measles, mumps and
rubella (24 mths)
92.3 / 91.2
Haemophilus influenzae B and meningococcal C (24 mths) 92.7 / 91.2
Chronic lower
respiratory diseases
94.4 / 93.3

Source: NHS Digital

Sport spectators

The World Athletics Championships in Doha had disappointing attendances. Which championships are best attended?

Rugby (2015 World Cup, England) 51,600
Football (2018 World Cup, Russia) 47,400
Baseball (2017 World Classic,
Japan/Korea/US)
27,200
Cricket (2015 World Cup, Australia/
New Zealand)
20,700
Hockey (2016 World Cup, Canada) 16,600
Handball (2019 World Cup,
Denmark/Germany)
14,700

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