Prevention of ill health
Prevention and early intervention in childhood foster healthy behaviours throughout life, especially for improvements in immunisation take up, healthy weight and oral health.
Vaccination rates above 95% provide immunity and protection for wider society and can lead to the elimination of some disease; the UK is not meeting this target for MMR vaccination.
Obesity rates in young children are showing no sign of improvement. Overweight children have increased chance of developing other health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Dental extractions remain a top reason children in the UK require hospital admission. Tooth decay can be prevented with changes to diet and good oral health habits.