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Home Health Harrow residents urged to check their children are vaccinated against poliovirus

Harrow residents urged to check their children are vaccinated against poliovirus

After todays news that poliovirus has been detected within sewage samples, Londoners, including Harrow residents, are urged to check that their children are fully up to date with their jabs.

The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) declared a national incident over the discovery of evidence of limited community transmission of poliovirus in London’s wastewater.

Labour’s London Assembly Health Spokesperson, Krupesh Hirani AM, responded in saying: “The possibility that poliovirus could be circulating locally in London is concerning. But thanks to the UKHSA’s surveillance of wastewater, action can be taken at an early stage to stop it spreading further.

“In the capital, more than one in ten people haven’t yet taken up the polio vaccine. This is why it is extremely important that parents, guardians and carers check that children are fully up to date with their jabs and boosters.

“From City Hall, I will be asking London’s health officials for an update on how they are working with schools and families to ensure children are able to catch-up on vaccinations they might have missed during the pandemic”.