Polio : vaccine advice

Updated: August 24, 2017


What is polio?

Polio is a highly contagious disease.  It can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through the feces of a person who is infected with the virus and through contaminated food and water.  

Why should you be concerned?

Polio infections still occur in a few countries around the world.  There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented by vaccination. Some countries may require that you show proof of polio vaccination to enter or leave their country.  

How can you protect yourself from polio virus?

Get vaccinated against polio if you:  

Infants and children under 18 years of age:

Adult (18 years and older):

Find out where polio is circulating and if you need proof of vaccination:

Practise safe food and water precautions

Practise good hygiene:

Information for health care providers

The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) has developed a statement in accordance with the WHO temporary recommendations to provide guidance for health care professionals who are preparing travellers to visit areas with a risk of polio transmission.

On August 3, 2017 the WHO released an update regarding the international spread of polio and temporary recommendations were updated. The situation is reviewed every three months.

For the latest updates on WHO Temporary Recommendations please consult the Global Eradication Initiative.

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