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Polio: why it is in the news and how nurses can safeguard children

Nurses should ask people if they and their children have been vaccinated against polio, particularly those from communities with lower rates of vaccination

Nurses should ask people if they and their children have been vaccinated against polio, particularly those from communities with lower rates of vaccination

What is polio and where has it been found?

Polio is a serious infection that is now rare in the UK, due to the vaccination programme.

It is now only found in a few countries worldwide and the chances of getting it in the UK are extremely low, according to the NHS .

Why has there been recent concern about polio in the UK?

Over the past four months the polio virus has been

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