Polio (Poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease. It is caused by the Poliovirus, a highly contagious virus that is specific to humans and is spread through contaminated water or food. It is common in areas that have poor sanitation. There was a worldwide epidemic of polio in the 1940s and 1950s. Since 1956, most countries now vaccinate their young people and the incidence rate has dropped significantly. If however you are planning on travelling, you should be aware that the countries where polio is still considered to be a major problem include: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Once contracted, there is no cure.
Have you has the full 5 dose course of vaccinations?
Incidences of all three of these diseases have plummeted since national immunisation programs began several decades ago. The national tetanus immunisation program only began in the early 1960s so it’s possible that some adults today might have missed out.
The final dose is administered between 13 to 18 years-of-age
To be fully effective and to build up and maintain life-long immunity these vaccinations should are given in five doses. The first three doses are administered when you are a baby; the fourth dose is administered around three years of age, and the fifth and final dose or booster in your teenage years between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. If you think you may have missed out on your final booster it is not however too late to catch up. What you should do is to consult your doctor or a clinic for advice; especially if you are going to be travelling to a country where the risk of contagion is considered to be higher.
Broadgate Clinic London Wall travel clinic – no appointment necessary
For busy people who work in London, Broadgate Clinic London Wall provides the perfect solution for getting vaccinated and topping up protection and immunity prior to foreign travel, at the drop of a hat. The walkin clinic London based service we offer means that no appointment is necessary. As soon as you spot a quiet few minutes in your busy work schedule, you can call in for a quick consultation and if appropriate, get a quick booster vaccination to make sure that you are fully protected before you travel.