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All children aged one to nine in London to be offered a dose of polio vaccine.

Please find important information for you and your family following today’s announcement from The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), that all children aged one to nine in London are offered a polio booster vaccine.

The NHS in NW London/your local GP practice will be in touch soon to offer your child (aged one to nine) a polio vaccine booster.

Please do not contact your GP surgery at this time, we will contact parents when it’s your child’s turn to come forward for a booster or catch-up polio dose.

When your child is invited for the vaccine It’s important all children aged one to nine, even if up-to-date with their vaccinations, accept this vaccine when offered to further strengthen their protection against the poliovirus.

Boosters for children will ensure a high level of protection from paralysis and help reduce further spread of the virus. Nationally the overall risk of paralytic polio is considered low because most people are protected from this by vaccination.

The programme will start with the areas affected, where the poliovirus has been detected and vaccination rates are low. This will be followed by rapid rollout across all NW London boroughs.

More information for parents can be found in this helpful leaflet