Pakistan

Status: affected by wild poliovirus type 1 

Pakistan is affected by ongoing endemic wild poliovirus transmission.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is focusing on reaching every last child in Pakistan with vaccines, strengthening surveillance and maintaining political commitment, financial resources and technical support at all levels.

Polio this week in Pakistan

  • No wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported this week. There are 20 cases in 2022. There was one WPV1 case in 2021.

International Health Regulations

Pakistan is classified by the International Health Regulations (IHR) as a state infected with WPV1 with potential risk of international spread, with potential risk of international spread.  It is therefore subject to temporary recommendations as of 1 November 2022.

Travel Recommendations

WHO’s International Travel and Health 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.

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