Children below 10 are set to be provided polio vaccine boosters amid an increase within the quantity of the virus detected in London’s sewage works.
Health authorities plan to offer kids the photographs no matter the place they’re on their polio vaccine schedule, in a bid to forestall what can be the primary group outbreak of the illness within the UK because the Nineteen Seventies.
Polio could cause signs together with a excessive temperature, tiredness, complications, vomiting and muscle ache. In uncommon and excessive instances it will possibly result in extra critical signs that have an effect on the mind and nerves.
Earlier this yr officers discovered traces of the poliovirus in sewage samples collected from north and east London.
But officers confused that the chance to the general public from this was “very low” however that it was essential to maintain vaccines updated.
Children throughout Greater London shall be provided the photographs from Wednesday, the Daily Mirror reported.
“Most of the UK population will be protected by vaccination in childhood but it’s clear that Vaccine Derived Poliovirus (VDPV) could potentially spread, particularly in communities where vaccine uptake is lower,” Dr Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist at UKHSA, said.
“Most of the UK population will be protected by vaccination in childhood but it’s clear that Vaccine Derived Poliovirus (VDPV) could potentially spread, particularly in communities where vaccine uptake is lower.”
She added: “Sadly on rare occasions the virus can cause paralysis in people who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
“As with all vaccination programmes, the JCVI keeps the polio vaccination programme under regular review and any changes to their advice or vaccination policy will be communicated as necessary.”