[Source: Public Health England, full page: (LINK).]

Government response

The Lancet: Polio in Syria and threat of outbreak in Europe

Organisation: Department of Health / Page history: Published <ABBR>8 November 2013 / </ABBR>Topic: Public health

Director of Immunisation Professor David Salisbury response to claims that the outbreak of polio in Syria could threaten Europe

Department of Health Director of Immunisation Professor David Salisbury said:

??The UK is well defended against the possibility of importation of polio from outbreaks such as the present one in Syria. Our population has very high coverage of polio vaccination with more than 95% of young children being vaccinated. We have WHO-approved surveillance in place so we can pick up polio if it does start to circulate in the UK.??

The article in the Lancet journal can be viewed here.

Published: <ABBR>8 November 2013 / </ABBR>Organisation: Department of Health