Polio - What is it?

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system.1,2  Due to successful global vaccination programmes polio has been eradicated from some countries, including New Zealand2 and has dramatically reduced worldwide.1  Polio still exists in some developing areas such as the Indian subcontinent, parts of the Middle East and Africa, so travellers still need to ensure they are protected through vaccination.2  Infection with the polio virus may affect the central nervous system and result in permanent paralysis.1

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