There have been calls to tackle the “misinformation” around the MMR vaccine after statistics show the number of people vaccinated in Enfield and Haringey is below national average.

Figures from the NHS have shown that between 2017 and 2018 MMR vaccination coverage in Enfield was 80.6 per cent and 82.1 per cent in Haringey.

Both of these figures fall below the national average of 91 per cent and the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) target of 95 per cent.

Joanne McCartney, the London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, branded the statistics “concerning”.

Ms McCartney added: “Amongst other factors, this is sadly a symptom of the spread of misinformation that surrounds the vaccine.

“Whilst the current pressures on their budgets need to be acknowledged, it is vital that CCGs and local authorities work to prioritise educational campaigns around the importance of immunisation.

“Londoners who missed their vaccine at an earlier age are at risk of developing a life-threatening illness, so it is important that they contact their GP as soon as possible to receive a catch-up injection.”

A total of 85.1 per cent of children were given the MMR vaccine London-wide between 2017 and 2018.

The national average for the period was 91 per cent.

The MMR vaccine protects children against measles, mumps and rubella which can cause fatal illnesses such as meningitis and deafness.

The vaccine is usually administered a month before a child’s first birthday then followed up by a second injection before they start primary school.