The figure was revealed after Mr McDonald asked the Scottish Government what guidance has been issued to NHS Boards on how to respond to parental refusal of vaccinations. In another question, Mr McDonald asked what guidance has been issued to NHS Boards on promoting the importance of childhood vaccinations.
Commenting Mark said:
“I am delighted at the news that Scotland has a very high level of uptake of childhood vaccines. Before these vaccines existed, many children in Scotland died or became impaired as a result of diseases such as measles, whooping cough and polio. Diseases which have in Scotland been reduced or virtually eliminated to the extent that these days most children in Scotland are more likely to associate them with haunting black and white images in history books depicting the early 20th century.
“Despite all medical advances and albeit rare, these diseases still exist and could re-emerge and spread if enough people aren’t vaccinated. The best possible protection against them is to vaccinate, and I am pleased that the vaccination rate in Scotland sits above 95%.
“Immunisation is one of the greatest advances in human history and is the strongest possible defence humanity has against viral diseases which cannot be cured using anti-biotics.”