Polio: Doctor highlights ‘safest way’ to protect yourself as national incident declared


Dr Saliba said the NHS “has been asked to swiftly report any suspected cases to the UKHSA, though no cases have been reported or confirmed so far”.

Meanwhile, Chief Nurse for NHS London Jane Clegg weighed: “The majority of Londoners are fully protected against

Polio and won’t need to take any further action, but the NHS will begin reaching out to parents of children aged under 5 in London who are not up to date with their Polio vaccinations to invite them to get protected.

“Meanwhile, parents can also check their child’s vaccination status in their Red Book and people should contact their GP surgery to book a vaccination, should they or their child not be fully up to date.”

Although making a return after four decades away, polio vaccinations have remained an essential part of a childhood in the interim; children are normally administered the vaccine to protect them from the virus.


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