Travel Vaccines - International Travel Vaccines Centre
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Travel Vaccines - International Travel Vaccines Centre

Recent Outbreaks: Global status of Polio

Other countries that have reported imported polio cases or cases related to an importation in 2006 are Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Niger, Somalia, and Yemen. Chad last reported polio cases in December 2005. Eritrea, Mali, and Sudan reported imported polio cases in 2005 but have not reported additional cases for over 12 months.

Outbreaks of polio virus continue to be a risk until poliovirus is eliminated worldwide, and the risk for infection is still present for susceptible people. Therefore, to protect themselves from polio, travelers should be sure they and their children are fully immunized according to the recommendations below.

Current Vaccination Recommendations

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to polio-endemic or -epidemic areas. These areas include Africa, South 

Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

More Information

Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The disease mainly affects children under 5 years of age. It is spread person-to-person when the virus enters the mouth of a person who has come in contact with the stool of an infected person (for example, by changing diapers and not washing hands before touching the mouth) or from fecal contamination of food or drinking water. Most people infected with the poliovirus have no symptoms, but some infections cause paralysis and even death. OPV has not been used in Australia since Nov 2005, however, it is used in many other counties and has played a major role in eliminating polio from large parts of the world. IPV and IPOL, which is given by intramuscular injection, is now use as preventative against polio.


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Your health when you go overseas is important - whether you are travelling on a holiday, visiting your friends and relatives, going on a business trip or looking for adventure. Getting individual care and advice based on your itinerary can ensure you have a good trip and come home healthy.

The International Travel Vaccination Centre (ITVC) is a well established travel vaccination centre with over 15 years experience. We provide a full vaccination service and are Yellow Fever accredited.

Our doctors have completed the Certificate of Travel Health through the International Society of Travel Medicine (ITSM) and are specialised in delivering travel health and vaccination advice.