Polio epidemic feared in Ukraine

The diagnosis of 2 cases of a strain of vaccine related polio earlier this month, coupled with the fact that only 14 percent of children in the Ukraine have been vaccinated against this disease, raises concerns that a major polio epidemic could occur in the very near future. Health officials will initiate a major vaccination campaign.

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Advice For Travellers

Given the low polio vaccination rate in the Ukraine and the possibility of a major epidemic, all travellers to the Ukraine should ensure that their childhood vaccinations, including polio, are up to date.