Polio: guidance, data and analysis

The diagnosis, management and epidemiology of polio (poliomyelitis).

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious vaccine preventable disease. It is a notifiable disease in England and Wales.

Polio invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but affects mainly children under 3 years old. Most people infected with the poliovirus have no signs of illness. Symptomless people can spread the infection to thousands of others before the first case of polio paralysis emerges.

Read the latest news on polio from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNac).


Clinical management

  1. Polio: national guidelines

Data collection

  1. Polio: surveillance form

Immunisation programme and resources

  1. Polio: the green book, chapter 26
Published 23 October 2013
Last updated 27 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance on the indications polio serological testing.
  2. Adding national polio guidelines to collection.
  3. First published.