Three African countries have reported to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) this week, each with a single circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 case (cVDPV2): Benin (Northern province), Burkina Faso (Bobo) and Liberia (Bong County), while Saadah in NW Yemen logged one cVDPV1 case, its second for this year. 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.