A MEASLES epidemic could grip Halton if more children do not receive the MMR vaccine.
Halton is falling short of The World Health Organisation target of 95% with just 79.6% of Halton children receiving the vaccine by the age of two.
By the age of five 91.9% have had the first dose and 82.3% have had the second.
The WHO says that a 95% vaccination rate is enough to prevent an epidemic.
Despite missing the WHO target, Halton’s MMR uptake beats the national average and is one of the best rates in the North West.
Halton also has the best uptake rate for the pneumococcal vaccine at 95%, which protects children from pneumonia and meningitis.