The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) met to discuss the ongoing polio incident and to advise on a vaccination strategy. The JCVI agreed that the most immediate priority is to ensure all eligible individuals are up to date with their polio (IPV) vaccinations.
Due to the nature of this public health emergency the JCVI agreed that an urgent supplemental vaccination strategy is required to:
- prevent cases of paralysis due to poliovirus
- interrupt transmission of VDPV2 in the community
The JCVI advised that, in addition to ongoing catch-up, a supplementary IPV booster campaign should be implemented for children aged 1 to 9 years in London.
If your child is eligible for an extra dose, the NHS will contact you directly (not your GP surgery) to ask you to book an appointment for the vaccine.
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