Polio in Ukraine

19 October 2021

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The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has reported a case of polio in an unvaccinated young child in the Rivne area of western Ukraine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with health authorities in Ukraine to determine if there has been any local transmission, and to assess the risk to the local population. If the WHO propose changes to the polio vaccine recommendations for Ukraine, these will be updated on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Polio is extremely rare in Europe, although a small number of cases have occurred in Ukraine since 2010.

Advice for travellers 

  • Poliomyelitis is spread mainly through person to person contact via the faecal-oral route.¬†
  • All travellers to the Ukraine should ensure they are up-to-date with the UK Vaccination Schedule.

Further information on polio can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 18 October 2021