NHS NWL Vaccination and Immunisations Team
London NW1 5JD|
10 October 2022
Reminder to get your child vaccinated over half-term
We are writing to all parents of school aged children to remind you to keep up to date with their vaccinations.
Most children aged one to nine need to receive the polio vaccination to keep them safe. Whilst it is urgent for your child to have the polio vaccination now, it is also important to check your child is up to date with their covid, flu and MMR immunisations as we enter the winter period.
Polio: Polio vaccinations are available at GP practices and community clinics. Your practice will contact you with a booking link if there is a community site available nearby. You can also visit any vaccination centre in North West London - www.nwlondonics.nhs.uk/polio
Flu: Flu vaccinations for 2-3 year olds are available at all GP practices and some community clinics. Children in reception and years 1-9 will be offered a flu vaccination at school. Please check with the school about arrangements for the nasal flu vaccine in school. Children who miss their school vaccination, are home schooled or require an injected alternative to the nasal spray can contact the school immunisations team on 020 3317 5076 or 020 3317 5074.
MMR: MMR vaccinations are available at your GP practice. It’s never too late to catch up, contact your GP today to make sure your child’s up to date.
COVID-19: If your child is eligible for a COVID-19 autumn booster or to ensure they’re up to date on their COVID vaccinations, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for information and to book an appointment. Visit westminster.gov.uk/vaccination-centres or rbkc.gov.uk and search ‘COVID vaccine’ for local clinics.
Please check that your GP practice has an up to date phone number for a parent/carer that is attached to your child’s records.
Why is the polio booster so important?
Polio can result in life-long paralysis and other disabilities, and in extreme cases, even death. There is no cure for polio, immunisation is the only protection.
The additional booster vaccination for all children aged one to nine is being provided as Polio has been found in sewage samples taken in London. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have instructed that most children aged 1 to 9 in London should urgently get a booster dose to ensure they are fully protected.
More information and frequently asked questions about the polio vaccination programme for children can be found here: https://bit.ly/polio-faqs
NWL Vaccination and Immunisations Team