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Polio: Doctor highlights ‘safest way’ to protect yourself as national incident declared

Dr Saliba said the NHS “has been asked to swiftly report any suspected cases to the UKHSA, though no cases have been reported or confirmed so far”.Meanwhile, Chief Nurse for NHS London Jane Clegg weighed: “The majority of Londoners are fully protected againstPolio...

Polio: Dr Hilary urges people to ensure they're protected against the ‘potential threat'

Fortunately, the polio jab is part of the NHS routine childhood vaccination schedule.Dr Hilary said: “It’s given in five doses, eight weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks of age and then again preschool and then again at the age of 14.“If you’ve had...

Polio: How worried should the public be? Symptoms to spot as virus detected in the UK

The big question is whether the wider public is at risk.Dr Saliba said: “Vaccine-derived poliovirus is rare and the risk to the public overall is extremely low.“Most of the UK population will be protected from vaccination in childhood.”Dr Saliba added: “We are urgently...

Polio found in London sewage, but risk of infection considered low

LONDON — Polio has been detected in sewage samples in the British capital, the first sign since the 1980s that the virus could be spreading in the country, but no cases have been found, authorities said. The risk of infection from the disease, which...

Polio symptoms: The 'flu-like' side effects that could be a sign of polio infection

The virus which causes polio was thought to have been eradicated from the UK back in 2003, though the recent detection of several “genetically-linked viruses'' in London sewage has raised the alarm. While it is common for one to three ‘vaccine-like’ polioviruses to...

Five main symptoms of polio infection to spot as 'national incident' declared in the UK

VDPV is a strain of the weakened poliovirus, that was initially included in the oral polio vaccine, which has changed over time and behaves more like the "wild" or naturally-occurring virus.This means it can be spread more easily to people who are unvaccinated...
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