WHO recommendations for poliovirus vaccination

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In May 2014, the World Health Organization issued poliovirus vaccination recommendations for all residents and long–term visitors (>4 weeks) exiting 10 poliovirus-affected countries in order to prevent further spread of the disease.

The recommendations apply to Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria. A dose of a poliovirus vaccine should be given within the year prior to exit from those countries. The burden for implementation of these recommendations lies with the poliovirus–affected countries. Although these recommendations are for vaccination on exit from the listed countries, travel health practitioners should be aware of individual country requirements in order to discuss whether vaccination prior to travel to the listed countries might be advisable. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers to poliovirus–affected areas be fully vaccinated against poliovirus, including a one-time booster dose for adults. (Source: Uptodate)