Polio outbreak UK: Just a third of teens in some parts of London have had vaccine

Fewer than half of teenagers in parts of England have been vaccinated against polio, official data suggests as health chiefs sound the alarm over a suspected outbreak of the disease that has been eradicated in Britain for 20 years.

Parents of unvaccinated children are to be contacted by the NHS as part of a targeted vaccine drive in London — where polio is thought to be spreading — amid fears the disease could take off for the first time in decades.

Children are routinely immunised against polio but eight local authorities in England — mostly in London — have 50 per cent or lower uptake among Year 9s.

Just 35 per cent of 13 and 14-year-olds are boosted in Hillingdon, West London, which has the worst coverage in the country,  followed by Brent, where a third are fully vaccinated.

London has always lagged behind the rest of the country when it comes to vaccine coverage but rates dropped nationally during the pandemic, linked to a lull in appointments, school closures and a…

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