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Is polio contagious?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that despite our progress in reducing the incidence of polio, the disease could still easily be imported into a polio free country, such as Australia, and can spread rapidly amongst unimmunised populations. Failure to eradicate polio could result in as many as 200,000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world.

To protect yourself against polio (in addition to vaccination), it is recommended that travellers to polio affected countries practice good health hygiene, such as washing hands regularly, avoiding at risk areas and avoid sharing utensils. 

Sources & Citations

  1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio and the vaccine to prevent it. Symptoms and complications. Available at:  (accessed 15 April 2018).

SPANZ.IPV.18.04.0155a - Date of preparation May 2018