Polio vaccination (booster)

Polio booster programme for all children aged 1 to 9 in London 

Image of young girl running in a park with a blanket - text: Is your child protected against polio?In August 2022, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised to offer a targeted inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) booster dose to all children in London between the ages of 1 to 9.

This is following the discovery of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus in sewage in North and East London. Poliovirus is now spreading in the community in North and East London. 

In many cases poliovirus can be asymptomatic and can be easily transmitted from person to person. 

The programme started in areas where poliovirus and vaccination rates are low - this includes Haringey. 

The aim is to boost each child’s protection, starting with the areas of London where they have found the virus. Boosting immunity in those who are already vaccinated should also help to reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread. 

The NHS has contacted parents when it’s their child’s turn to come forward for a booster or catch-up polio dose. 

Even if your child is up to date with their vaccinations, you are advised to accept this vaccine when offered, to further strengthen your child’s protection against the poliovirus. 

Book in with your own GP practice, or drop in to a nearby polio vaccination clinic

See also: Childhood vaccinations

Page last updated:

November 10, 2022