Polio is a very, very rare disease nowadays due to successful vaccination programmes around the world and there have been no cases in the UK for many years.
Polio is one of the diseases that children are routinely vaccinated against, so most people in Newham will have had the vaccine. If you have had the full course of vaccines, you will have life-long protection against Polio.
We know that some children missed out on vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic but it’s not too late to get your children vaccinated.
Residents may be concerned with the recent news reports of polio being found during a routine sewage inspection at Beckton Sewage Works. The Council is working closely with the UK Health Security Agency, but residents should be reassured that the risk of infection is extremely low.