Polio: national guidelines

Guidance for the surveillance, investigation and management of suspected polio cases in the UK.


PHE national polio guidelines: local and regional services

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This information is part of the UK commitment to the World Health Organization (WHO) global polio eradication programme. The document also includes guidance on enhanced enteroviral surveillance.

These guidelines are aimed at public health professionals and laboratory staff and include:

  • surveillance of suspected cases of AFP (acute flaccid paralysis)
  • advice on public health management of suspected cases and consideration of post-exposure prophylaxis
  • appropriate samples required for confirmation of infection
  • containment requirements for storage and usage of polio viruses
Published 4 February 2016
Last updated 26 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 2019 update of 'National polio guidelines'.

  2. First published.