Polio Vaccination In London
In the last 20 years or so, polio has become extremely rare in the UK. In fact, there have been no confirmed cases of anyone becoming paralysed as a result of contracting poliovirus here since 1984. It is only found in very few countries around the globe, and the reason why it is so rare is because of the polio vaccination programme, which has kept the vast majority of the population safe.
Recently, some traces of polio have been found in the sewers in a small number of boroughs in London, and health professionals are urging every parent to ensure their child has up-to-date polio vaccines. The risk of contracting the virus still remains extremely low, however, the chance of becoming unwell from polio is greater if you are not fully vaccinated. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you and your children are up-to-date with your vaccinations.
How to book a polio vaccine
In London, children aged 1 to 9 years old are being offered the polio vaccine in response to the recent discovery of the polio virus in the sewers of some London boroughs. All children in this age group are eligible for the vaccine through their family GP. Childhealthy also offers polio vaccinations in London for children as part of the vaccine schedule, and the extra booster dose for current recommendations.
At Childhealthy, our specialists know that the safety and the health of your children is your number one priority. We offer additional vaccines for children, such as the BCG jab, the chickenpox vaccine and the flu vaccine, as well as all vaccinations for UK and international immunisation schedules. Book a consultation today to learn more about how we can help, how our vaccine schedules work and to talk through any questions that you might have.
- NHS: Polio
- Vaccine Knowledge Project: 6-in-1 Vaccine
- UK Government Website: Polio Virus Detected In Sewage
- WHO: History Of Polio Vaccination
- UK Department of Health: Polio Booster Campaign
- UK Government Website: Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) booster.pdf
- UK Government Website: Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) booster campaign: information for healthcare practitioners
Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child please contact your doctor for advice.
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