Mass immunisation drive after 11 more polio cases.

Health authorities in Indonesia are conducting a widespread immunization campaign in response to 11 new cases of polio in East Java. Health officials have declared this an "extraordinary event" on Madura, an island in East Java as Indonesia was declared free of polio a decade ago. Read more

Advice for travellers

Poliomyelitis is a potentially serious viral illness that is spread through contact with infected faeces or saliva. The risk to travellers is generally low, however vaccination is recommended for travel to affected regions and is a requirement for travel to/from some countries. If at risk, adults should have a booster to the childhood series. More on polio.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.