No-one wants to get ill when they’re travelling. Having the right information about what to watch out for is essential when you need to make decisions that will help you manage risk and stay well.

Ebola updates 

For information about current outbreaks see Ebola updates

Outbreaks of polio

On 29 July 2019, the WHO announced a situational update on circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreaks in the WHO African and Eastern  Mediterranean regions. 

On 22 June 2018, the Government of Papua New Guinea notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1). 

The WHO recommends that all travellers to polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from infected areas should receive an additional dose of OPV or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel. 

More information about the situation in  infected regions can be found on the websites of the World Health Organization and  the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Advice for travellers

Information on health and travel is available on the New Zealand Safe Travel website.

Advice for Health Professionals

The Immunisation Handbook 2017 provides clinically relevant information about the polio immunisation schedule in New Zealand.

The Communicable Disease Control Manual describes the standard practice that public health services should follow in regard to the prevention and control of poliomyelitis in New Zealand.

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