What is Polio?

The polio virus  is a disease of the central nervous system with potential to cause a paralysis. The virus is transmitted through food or water contaminated by infected human faeces or by direct contact with an infectious person the disease. Although less common, it can also spread through coughs or sneezes.



Most countries are now free of polio (see map). The risk of polio is greatest in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The symptoms can include:

Most people who get polio do not have symptoms.
Some people get mild, flu-like symptoms, such as:

  • A high temperature
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Headaches
  • Being sick (vomiting)
  • A stiff neck
  • Muscle pain

These symptoms usually last up to 10 days.

In rare cases, polio can lead to more serious symptoms that affect the brain and nerves, such as weakness in your muscles (paralysis), usually in the legs. This can happen over hours or days.If the paralysis affects the muscles used for breathing, it can be life threatening.

To minimise your risk
  • Vaccination against polio is available.
  • Travellers should ensure good personal hygiene and follow advice on prevention of food and water-borne diseases.

Get vaccinated

Ages (Years)6+
Doses Required1 **
Schedulesingle dose
Boost required at Every 10 years
** Children who have already been immunised with the NHS childhood vaccination program

Vaccination Price

£35 per dose

Book Your Vaccination

Vaccinations are a quick, effective and safe way to protect yourself against diseases that can damage your health.

Remedi appointments are as easy as 1, 2, 3

Book your

Six to eight weeks before you travel you will need to have your travel health appointment to assess what vaccinations you need. (Last minute appointments available)

Attend a personalised risk assessment

During the 40 minute health appointment, our specially trianed healthcare professionals will advise on anyvaccinations and antimalarials you need for your travels.

Get any vaccinations & you may need*

Recieve any vaccinations & antimalarials you may need for your travels, as well as up-to-date advice to help you stay helathy on your trip.

Need To Know More?

If you have any questions, need some advice or would like to find out more information, contact us today and a member of our team will be in touch.