Following the detection of poliovirus in Sewage in the British capital, health officials said Wednesday that children living in London would be given an additional dosage of the polio vaccination. All kids between the ages of 1 and 9 in all London boroughs should receive a targeted inactivated polio vaccine booster dosage, according to the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced the action in a statement, saying that it “will provide a high degree of protection from paralysis and assist minimise future transmission of the infection.” The London area is home to around 1 million children that age, according to the UK Office for National Statistics’ most recent statistics.
“There have been no instances of polio reported, and the risk is low for the vast majority of people who have had all recommended vaccinations. However, we are aware that the vaccination rates are among the lowest in the parts of London where the poliovirus is spreading.
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