NHS London has launched a polio vaccination campaign. Children aged one to nine years in London will be offered a dose of polio vaccine. This vaccine will be given whether it’s an extra dose or to catch up with their routine vaccinations. In other children it may bring them up to date with their routine vaccinations.
There are signs the virus may be spreading in London and the number of children vaccinated in London is lower than it should be. Boosting immunity in children should help protect them and ensure a high level of protection from any risk of paralysis.
While the risks to the general population are still assessed as low it’s important that this action is taken to reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread.
Parents will be contacted when it’s their child’s turn to come forward for a dose.
Find out more about the polio booster campaign on GOV.UK.