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Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

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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