Polio vaccination – available from Broadgate Clinic London Wall

The Polio vaccination was developed in 1953 By Dr. Jonas Salk in response to the disease whose full name is Poliomyelitis; a crippling disease which devastated the lives of young people and their families in the early 1900s, reaching world epidemic proportions of the 1950s. Poliomyelitis has been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptian paintings depict otherwise healthy adults with withered limbs and young people using canes to help themselves to walk.

A disease of the past with a legacy

Although now considered a disease of the past, here in the UK there are still approximately 120,000 people alive today suffering from the debilitating effects of Polio or Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). The disease infects the nervous system, damaging nerves which leads to the wasting of muscles, and in some cases paralysis of the arms and/or legs.

Although Polio primarily affects young people, adults can catch it too if they are not immunised.

The history of Polio immunisation

Although the disease has been with us for centuries, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the Polio began to manifest itself predominately in people between the ages of 6 months and 4-years old. This was as a result of poor sanitation in industrial nations, and as the disease established itself, it began to spread and appear in localised epidemics around the world.

After the discovery of the vaccine in 1953, many countries introduced national vaccination programs. The UK’s program was started in 1958. In the ensuing years the vaccination program has been exceptionally successful, and here in the UK, (and in most countries around the world) the disease has been eradicated.

Why you should be vaccinated against Polio

Anyone born before 1958 may not have been vaccinated and could therefore be at risk. This risk needs to be addressed. The dangers of non-immunity are twofold. Without immunity you may catch polio, although it is unlikely here in the UK. Don’t take the chance.

Secondly, the immunisation program has been so successful because the vast majority of people are now immune. The more non-immune people there are in the world; the greater the risk of creating a mini-epidemic.

If you are due to be travelling abroad, you should check out how polio-safe your country of destination is. Currently Nigeria and Pakistan are high risk countries. For information about countries that carry of high risk of polio follow this link the Polio-Eradication website.

What the Polio vaccination consists of

For teenagers and adults, the Polio vaccination uses the combined Td/IPV vaccine. This vaccine immunises you against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Poliomyelitis. For anyone living and/or working in London, this vaccination can be given at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, the private walk-in clinic where no prior appointment is necessary.

For adults who have never been immunised, the primary course of Polio vaccination comprises of three doses of vaccine, each one administered 1-month apart. This primary course will give you full immunity for a number of years, but for prolonged immunity you should have a booster after 4-years, and a further booster after another 10 years.

Prior to 2004, the Poliomyelitis vaccine was administered orally via drops in the mouth. Today however, it is now administered by injection. If the primary and secondary courses you were given were orally administered that is no problem. You will NOT have to retake them. You will simply finish taking the final courses via injection.

Get immunised at a day and time to suit yourself at Broadgate Clinic London Wall

If you need to have the Polio vaccination administered and you live and/or work in London, you’ll find Broadgate Clinic London Wall to be the perfect solution. With our walk-in, no appointment necessary service; many busy Londoners find this their most convenient way of getting immunised at a day and time to suit themselves, when their busy working schedules permit.