The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

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LEVEL 2 - PRACTICE ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS

Polio in Papua New Guinea

Updated July 13, 2018

Key points
There is an outbreak of polio in Papua New Guinea.
CDC recommends that all travelers to Papua New Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio.
Adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine before travel.
What is the current situation?
An outbreak of polio has been reported in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.

What can travelers do to prevent polio?
Get the polio vaccine: CDC recommends that all travelers to Papua New Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.
Ask your doctor or nurse to find out if you are up to date with your polio vaccination and whether you need a booster dose before traveling. Even if you were vaccinated as a child or have been sick with polio before, you may need a booster dose to make sure that you are protected.
Make sure children are vaccinated.
See the Polio Vaccine Information Statement for more information.
Clinician Information
The outbreak in Papua New Guinea is attributed to circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV), a marker of poor oral polio vaccine (OPV) coverage. CDC recommends a single lifetime inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) booster dose for previously vaccinated travelers to countries with cVDPV outbreaks. See the Vaccine section in Chapter 3, Poliomyelitis, CDC Health Information for International Travel, for specific vaccination details.

Additional Information
Poliomyelitis in Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases—“Pink Book”
Polio Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals
Traveler Information
CDC Polio Homepage
Polio Vaccine Information Statement
Food and Water Safety
Page created: July 12, 2018
Page last updated: July 12, 2018
Page last reviewed: July 12, 2018
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)