Children aged one to nine are now being offered a dose of polio vaccine.
There are signs that polio may be spreading in London and the number of children vaccinated in London is lower than it should be. Polio is a highly infectious disease that can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours for any age – but mainly affects children aged three and under.
“Boosting immunity in children should help protect them and reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread,” said Dr Nicola Lang, Director of Public Health for Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
If your child is one to four years old, your GP will be in touch shortly about a jab at your normal GP surgery.
If your child is five to nine years old, you can book a free appointment at the H&F Council offices at 145 King Street, Hammersmith W6 9XY.
Some children may need an extra dose on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children, it may bring them up to date with their routine vaccinations.
For more details about polio visit Polio: guidance, vaccination, data and analysis - GOV.UK
The 145 King Street centre is open seven days a week from 9am to 7pm. Children over five can also get their Covid jabs at the centre - no booking required.
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