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Waltham Forest

Key population characteristic of Waltham Forest

 Characteristic*  Waltham Forest England average 
 Population size  221,400  -
 Percentage of the population living in urban areas  100%  73%
 Life expectancy at birth 2006/08, Male  77 years  78 years
 Life expectancy at birth 2006/08, Female  81 years  82 years
 Level of deprivation  very high  -

Based on key characteristics such as demographic structure, employment and industry sector, the PCT areas most similar to yours are: Croydon, Greenwich, Enfield and Haringey Teaching.

Snapshot

  • The percentage of five year olds having their second dose of the MMR vaccine is lower than the national average in 2008/09 and the World Health Organization's target of 95%. Uptake of both doses of the vaccine needs to increase to protect individuals from infection and if 95% uptake is reached, those who cannot have the vaccine due to medical reasons will also be protected. For more information on the vaccine please visit: www.immunisation.nhs.uk [external link].
  • The area was also among the lowest in the country for the uptake of the pneumococcal vaccine in people aged 65 years and over from April 2004 to March 2008. This vaccine is offered to help prevent infection among people who are at greater risk of complications. For more information on the vaccine please visit: www.immunisation.nhs.uk [external link]. 
  • The rate of TB cases in Waltham Forest (50 per 100,000) was higher than the national average in 2004/06 and was higher than the rate for the London region (44 per 100,000). This may be a reflection of the local population, which may have a high percentage of persons in at risk groups. For more information on the symptoms, causes and treatment of TB please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Tuberculosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx [external link].
  • The rate of persons living with HIV in 2007 was among the highest in the country. This may be a reflection of the local population, which may have a high percentage of persons in at risk groups, such as men who have sex with men and people who have recently emigrated from countries with high rates of HIV. For information on testing, treatment and prevention please visit: http://www.tht.org.uk/ [external link].
  • The area had the third lowest rate of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) in all ages and the second lowest rate in under 75 year olds in the country for 2004/06. This may be a reflection of the local population, which may have a low percentage of persons in at risk groups, such as people with very fair skin. For more information on skin cancer and UV exposure please visit:  http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/Radiation/UnderstandingRadiation/AtAGlance/Flash_Sunsense/.

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Maternity Unit Map

Percentage of women accepting antenatal Hepatitis B test 2007 

Maternity Unit - single map

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*Sources:
Population: ONS mid 2008 PCT population estimates
Area classification: ONS 2001 area classification
Life expectancy: ONS life expectancy at birth 2006-08
Deprivation: Index of multiple deprivation 2007
Similar PCTs: ONS 2001 area classification: corresponding health areas