URGENT Communication for the Jewish Community from the London Jewish Forum:
We all want to keep children safe and protected from serious illness, this is why parents throughout London, including those in the Jewish community, are being asked to get their children vaccinated against polio now.
Following identification of a strain of polio virus in sewage in London boroughs, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that all children aged 1 to 9 in London are given an additional booster or catch-up dose of the polio vaccine as soon as possible to ensure they have maximum protection from the virus and to help stop the virus spreading further.
Although no cases of polio have been reported in the UK since 1984, we need to act now to prevent further transmission of the virus. Polio is a serious infection that can cause paralysis and other disabilities and, in some cases, death.
The NHS has been contacting parents to arrange polio vaccinations at local GP practices. There are also additional vaccine centres and local pharmacies available where you can access the vaccine for your child.