- Some international destinations have circulating poliovirus (listed below and shown in map).
- Before any international travel, make sure you are up to date on your polio vaccines.
- 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 (see map):
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Egypt (healthcare facilities, refugee camps, and humanitarian aid settings only)
- Sierra Leone
- 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.
Ensure that anyone unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or with an unknown polio vaccination status completes the routine polio vaccine series before international travel.
- Poliomyelitis in Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases — The Pink Book
- Polio Vaccination: Information for Healthcare Professionals
- CDC Yellow Book: Poliomyelitis
- What Everyone Should Know about Polio
- CDC Global Health: Polio
- CDC Global Health: Polio: For Travelers
- CDC Travelers’ Health: Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
- Polio Vaccine Information Statement