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Polio vaccination for current Evelina London Children's Hospital patients

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In line with Government guidance, the NHS is inviting children aged between 1 and 9 years old who live in London a polio vaccine.

Our current London-based patients between these ages can get their polio vaccine when they come for an outpatient appointment at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

You can make the best use of your time and increase your child’s protection against polio by combining your child’s outpatient appointment with them getting the vaccine.

For some children this may be an extra dose of the polio vaccine, on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children, this may bring them up to date with their vaccinations.

The vaccine your child will be offered will be the right one for their age and immunisation history.

Who can get the polio vaccine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Evelina London Children’s Hospital patients aged 1-9, who live in London, and are coming to the hospital for an outpatient appointment.

We will contact parents and carers by text before the appointment to let you know about the opportunity for your child to get their vaccine. This will give you the opportunity to think about the vaccine in advance.

When you arrive at Evelina London Children’s Hospital for your child’s outpatient appointment, a member of staff should ask you whether you would like your child to receive a polio vaccine after their appointment. You can also let a member of staff know if you would like your child to be vaccinated.

If possible, please have the e-Redbook app on your phone or remember to bring along your child’s red book (personal child health record) to the appointment so that we can record the vaccination in it.

The polio vaccine clinic for outpatient appointments

When you arrive at Evelina London Children’s Hospital for your child’s outpatient appointment, if you would like your child to be vaccinated, a member of staff will direct you to the vaccination team after your child’s appointment.

Vaccinations will take place in Ocean outpatients (the ground floor of Evelina London Children’s Hospital).

You will be asked a few questions about your child’s vaccination history, to make sure we give them the correct vaccine. If you do not know your child’s vaccine history, our vaccine team will complete these checks.

If you have any questions about accessing a polio vaccine for your child, please contact CovidVaccineBookings@gstt.nhs.uk.

Booked appointments

Please be aware that your child will only be able to receive a polio vaccine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital on the day of their outpatient’s appointment. We are not taking walk-in patients for this clinic.

We are offering booked appointments for children aged between 5 and 9 years old who live in London, at our dedicated vaccination centre for children in the Atrium at Guy’s Hospital. You can book an appointment online.

Why your child is being offered a polio vaccine

Traces of the polio virus have been found in sewage in some London boroughs, and the best way to protect your child is to make sure they are fully up to date with their vaccinations. Both the booster dose and routine vaccination will increase your child’s protection.

What is polio?

Polio is an infection caused by a virus that affects the brain and nerves – it can cause permanent loss of the ability to move the body. It is rare but can be very serious for unvaccinated people.

More information

For more information on the polio booster vaccine, please see visit the dedicated polio section on the Government website.