Polio Virus

Getting the Polio Vaccine

When can my child get their polio vaccine?

To be fully protected against polio you must have five doses of a polio-containing vaccine. All five doses are part of the NHS routine childhood vaccination schedule and provided for free.

Children are given the polio vaccine when they are:

  • 8, 12 and 16 weeks old as part of the 6-in-1 vaccine
  • 3 years and 4 months old as part of the 4-in-1 (DTaP/IPV) pre-school booster
  • 14 years old as part of the 3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster

I’m not sure if my child has been vaccinated, how do I check?

Your child’s Red Book will include records of all your child’s vaccinations.

If you don’t have your Red Book, your GP will be able to tell you if your child has received all the vaccines they are able to receive.

Can my child have their vaccine if they have missed one?

We are running some catch up clinics over the summer. Any parents of unvaccinated  children of any school age can contact Vaccinations UK for a polio vaccination. See the table for times and locations.




Monday 25 July 2022

10:30am – 2pm

Beckton Globe Library, 1 Kingsford Way, E6 5JQ

Wednesday 10 August 2022

10am – 2pm

Vicarage Lane Health Centre, 10 Vicarage Lane, E15 4ES

Monday 15 August 2022

10am – 2pm

The Well Community Centre, 49 Vicarage Lane, E6 6DQ

You need an appointment to go. To get an appointment please call 0208 214 1393 or 0208 214 1395. You can also email newham@v-uk.co.uk to book an appointment.

Can I get a Polio vaccine as an adult?

If you have not had your Polio vaccine as a child, or are missing vaccines, you can get vaccinated at any age. The vaccine is usually available for free on the NHS.

I’ve had polio. Do I still need to get vaccinated?

It is recommended that you get vaccinated even if you’ve had polio before as the vaccine protects against different types of polio.

Do you need to get a Polio booster as an adult?

It may be recommended to get a polio booster before travelling to certain countries. If you’re travelling abroad, you should check with a travel clinic, pharmacist, nurse or GP to check if you need a polio booster.

Are the Polio vaccines given by the NHS ‘live’ vaccines?

No. The polio vaccine given by the NHS is not a live vaccine.

The UK vaccines uses inactivated virus. This means you are not infected by polio when you get vaccinated, and are not at risk of getting the polio disease.

Find out more about polio vaccinations, symptoms and treatment on the NHS website.