Polio virus: Information for staff

Secondary Schools

In response to the national poliovirus incident Vaccination UK will be making a further visit to secondary schools to vaccinate children who have not received their polio vaccine as part of the 3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster in year nine. It is now even more important that children are fully protected against polio. This vaccine also protects against other harmful diseases such as Diptheria and Tetanus.

All pupils in year nine who have not received this vaccine should be brought down to the session, even if they have not returned a consent form. Parents with children in year 8 and 9 who are not up to date with their other school vaccinations should be encouraged get in touch with the school immunisation team on 0208 0174291 or by email

All schools

Parents of children of all ages who are not up to date with any of their vaccinations can visit our community clinics to get their child vaccinated. School staff are asked to please share the details of the community clinics with parents.

Early years settings

Children aged 5 and under should have had 4 polio vaccinations. These vaccinations protect against a range of other diseases too. Parents are encouraged to get in touch with their GP to arrange an appointment if they think their child has missed any of these vaccinations, even if they are over the age of 5. Parents can check their child's vaccination status with their GP or by checking their child's red book.