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Poliomyelitis in Nigeria (Update)

07 Sep 2016

On the 6 September 2016 the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) advised that a third case of poliomyelitis has been detected in Borno via the official twitter channel for WHO/AFRO.

Advice for Travellers

Polio Vaccination Exit Recommendations

Travellers visiting this country for longer than 4 weeks maybe advised to have a booster dose of a polio containing vaccine if they have not had one in the past 12 months. They should carry proof of having had this vaccination. Please speak to your travel health adviser to discuss.

Polio Vaccine Requirement for India - As of 1 March 2014, resident nationals of Nigeria are required to receive one dose of oral polio vaccine regardless of age or vaccination status, at least four weeks prior to departure to India. A certificate of vaccination is required when applying for an entry visa to India. This is a requirement of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

For further information please see: Polio News Item