Additional Polio vaccination for children aged 1 to 9




The NHS is inviting all children aged 1 to 9 in London to receive a dose of a vaccine against polio.

For some children this will be an additional booster dose if they are already up to date with their routine vaccinations, in others who are not up to date it will be a catch-up dose.

Polio is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system – it can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. It is rare but can be very serious for unvaccinated people.

Traces of poliovirus 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 vaccinations. Both the booster dose and routine vaccination will increase your child’s protection.

You will be contacted by the NHS to book a vaccination appointment for your child. The Vaccine has been safely used in millions of children and will give them a high level of protection from poliovirus.



Vaccine Offered

Age group Polio vaccinations your child should have already had Recommended polio vaccinations for this campaign
1 to less than 3 years and 4 months 3 doses of polio vaccine
  • A single polio booster vaccine – (Infanrix hexa or Vaxelis).
  • At least 4 weeks after their last dose
3 years 4 months to 9 years 4 doses of polio vaccine
  • A single polio booster vaccine – (Boostrix-IPV or Revaxis) unless they had received their pre-school booster in the past 12 months


Where can my child be vaccinated?

5 - 9 year olds only

Guy’s Hospital
Great Maze Pond

  • Nearest station: London Bridge (3 minute walk)

To book an appointment at Guy’s Hospital please email:

5 - 9 year olds only

Kings Hospital
Denmark Hill

  • Nearest station: Denmark Hill (3 minute walk) or Loughborough Junction (5 minute walk)

To book an appointment at Kings Hospital please call 0203 299 9405 or email:

1 - 9 year olds

Akerman Medical Practice
60 Patmos Road

  • Nearest station: Oval Station (10 minute walk)
  • P5 bus stops outside the Health Centre

This clinic is by invitation only. Eligible children should receive an invitation to this clinic before the end of September

You can also book an appointment here at Clapham Park Group Practice with Nurse Persis.

  • Please call the reception team on 020 8678 5420 to book this appointment.
  • Please note that these appointments are limited, so if they are not available then you may be advised to book in to one of the local clinics at Guy’s Hospital, Kings Hospital or Akerman Medical Practice.

Published: Aug 26, 2022