Polio is a viral infection that affects the nervous
system. It is known to cause permanent muscle paralysis. It
can be fatal if the chest muscles are affected. All
children in the UK are immunised against polio as part of
the immunisation program. Unlike other vaccines, the polio
vaccine is given by mouth as drops.
If your child has been recently immunised against polio,
his stools will contain the virus for a few days after the
vaccination. You must wash your hands carefully after
changing your baby's nappy to protect yourself from
catching the infection if you have not been immunised.