Children in the UK under the age of 10 are soon going to be offered polio vaccine boosters to help protect them against vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV)
The move comes after officials found traces of the poliovirus in London’s sewage works in June this year.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) :”The Global Polio Laboratory Network hasconfirmed the isolation of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV2) from environmental samples in London, United Kingdom, which were detected as part of ongoing disease surveillance”
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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) say thay have identified the polio virus after finding it 116 times from from 19 sewage samples across London between February and July.
The health officials also said the virus was “vaccine-derived,” meaning it came from someone who received the live polio vaccine. That person would have then passed the virus to individuals in London, who shed the virus into their feces.
For the record, in November 2020, the WHO granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to a new novel oral polio vaccine called nOPV2, designed to treat the type of polio outbreak occurring in the UK….and it’s all thanks to Bill Gates, no less. How very reassuring!!
The Independent reports: Health authorities plan to give children the shots regardless of where they are on their polio vaccine schedule, in a bid to prevent what would be the first community outbreak of the disease in the UK since the 1970s.
Polio can cause symptoms including a high temperature, tiredness, headaches, vomiting and muscle pain. In rare and extreme cases it can lead to more serious symptoms that affect the brain and nerves.
Earlier this year officials found traces of the poliovirus in sewage samples collected from north and east London.
Officials stressed that the risk to the public from this was “very low” but that it was important to keep vaccines up to date.
Children across Greater London will be offered the shots from Wednesday, the Daily Mirror reported.
“Most of the UK population will be protected by vaccination in childhood but it’s clear that Vaccine Derived Poliovirus (VDPV) could potentially spread, particularly in communities where vaccine uptake is lower,” Dr Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist at UKHSA, said.