ECDC updates polio risk assessment


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has examined the risk of importing polio to Europe and has suggested temporary recommendations on polio vaccination to Member States.

ECDC states that previous assessments on the risk of poliovirus importation and re-introduction of polio transmission in the EU following WPV circulation in Israel and Syria do not need to be changed in light of the declaration of a PHEIC and the WHO temporary recommendations.

In May 2014, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued temporary recommendations to EU travellers to polio-infected countries, upon request from the European Commission. These recommendations are based on the temporary recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who recently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on polio.

Source information:
Updated ECDC polio risk assessment

Information and recent reports from ECDC on polio transmission and risk to Europe

Information on the Irish national immunisation programme and recommendations

More information on polio is available on the HPSC website