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  • Until polio is eradicated globally, it can re-emerge in any country, so polio immunisation remains important in Australia.
  • If children and adults are not immunised, polio may re-establish in Australia.
  • New cases of polio in Australia are rare, but the disease remains a health risk for travellers to some countries of the world.
  • In Victoria, the polio vaccine for children is combined with vaccines for other infectious diseases.
  • You need several doses of the inactivated polio vaccine before you are fully protected from polio.

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Reviewed on: 01-04-2019