Find out more about the polio booster campaign
All children aged 1 to 9 years in London need to have a dose of polio vaccine now. For some children this may be an extra dose of Polio vaccine, on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children it may just bring them up to date. The vaccine you are offered will be the right one for the age of your child.
The only exclusion criteria are children who have received all 3 primary doses, and a Pre School-Booster (PSB) that was given less than 12 months ago.
Why are we offering this now?
Since February 2022. a type 2 polio virus was found in sewage samples taken from North London. This suggests that the virus is now spreading between people. This has probably happened because vaccine uptake for the infant and toddler vaccinations in London is lower than it should be.
By giving an extra polio vaccine dose we aim to boost each child’s protection, starting with the areas of London where the virus has been detected. Boosting immunity in those who are already vaccinated should also help to reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread.