34 international destinations have circulating poliovirus in the recent weeks.
Polio is a serious infection caused by the poliovirus. It can infect the spinal cord, causing inability to move parts of the body (paralysis) and in some cases can become life threatening.
Before travel to any destination listed below, CDC recommends that adults who previously completed the full, routine polio vaccine series receive a single, lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.
What is the current situation?
The following destinations have circulating poliovirus:
4. Burkina Faso
6. Central African Republic
8. Côte d'Ivoire
9. Democratic Republic of the Congo
11. Egypt (in healthcare facilities and humanitarian aid settings only)
28. Sierra Leone
33. United Kingdom
What can travelers do to prevent polio?
• Get the polio vaccine
• Children should be up to date on their routine polio vaccines.
Adult travelers should get an inactivated polio vaccine booster if they:
• are going to a destination that has circulating poliovirus;
• have completed their routine polio vaccine series; and
• have not already received one adult booster dose.