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How do you prevent polio?

Page last updated 18 January 2022

The best protection against polio is immunisation. 

In Australia, the National Immunisation Program (NIP) provides the polio vaccination (in combination with vaccines for other infectious diseases) for children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age, followed by a booster at 4 years of age. All adults should make sure they have been vaccinated against polio. If you have not received at least 3 doses of the polio vaccine, speak with your healthcare professional to make sure you get the correct advice.

Australians who are travelling should ensure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations against polio and should see their healthcare professional prior to departure to check whether a booster dose is required prior to departure.

Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook – Poliomyelitis. Available at: (accessed 07 December 2021).

4. Better Health Channel. Polio and post-polio syndrome. Available at: (accessed 07 December 2021).


MAT-AU-2102483  Date of preparation January 2022