Immunisation provides excellent protection from polio. In Aotearoa New Zealand it is given as an injection because it is the best protection against paralysis.
It is important to protect pēpi and tamariki from polio by getting them immunised on time.
The polio vaccine is also available and funded for adults who did not receive their childhood vaccines.
Find out about the 2 polio vaccines, who they are for and when to get them:
Travelling to areas with polio
Polio is currently spreading around the world. In 2022 it was spreading in 34 countries - including ones New Zealanders commonly travel to.
Travellers should check if there is polio in the country they are visiting and make sure they have been vaccinated prior to departure. This can be done through your general practice or usual health provider.
Countries may have rules on polio vaccinations and entering or leaving their country — find out what you need to do before you travel.
Find the current list of polio infected countries.
Countries with Polio — Polio Global Eradication Initiative (external link)
Travelling from areas with polio
Polio is still in some overseas countries. It can be brought into Aotearoa New Zealand by visitors or people moving here.
If you were in a country with polio for more than 4 weeks and want to travel to Aotearoa New Zealand you might need an up-to-date polio immunisation.
Countries may have rules on polio vaccinations and entering or leaving their country — find out what you need to do before you travel on government travel and immigration websites.