All travellers should have completed a primary vaccination course according to the UK schedule. Travellers who receive the tetanus booster in the form of the tetanus/diphtheria/inactivated polio vaccine (Td/IPV) will also be protected against polio.


Poliomyelitis (polio) is transmitted by the faecal-oral and from person-to-person.

Vaccination schedule

Brand Vaccine information Primary course Booster


  • Inactivated, adsorbed
  • Licensed from six years of age
  • Not indicated
  • Single dose; effective after one month if given within ten years of a completed primary immunisation of tetanus, diphtheria and polio
  • Lasts up to ten years

The information below is based on Public health England recommendations; individual Summaries of Product Characteristics should be referred to for manufacturer recommendations regarding individual brands.

Acute illness

If a patient is suffering from an acute illness, immunisation should be postponed until they have recovered. Patients with minor infections without fever or systemic upset do not need to postpone their vaccination schedule.

Administration with other vaccines

Inactivated polio vaccine can be given at the same time as other vaccines such as MMR, MenC and hepatitis B as long as they are administered at different sites.

Immunocompromised patients

Inactivated polio vaccine should be given to patients who are immunocompromised if they are travelling to an area of risk, however, it may not be as effective. Specialist advice may be required.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

No harmful effects due to inactivated polio vaccination during pregnancy or breast-feeding have been reported so it may be given when clinically indicated.