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Q&A – Is a polio vaccination needed as an adult?

Q: Hi all –

I noticed today that the CDC says there is an outbreak of polio in Indonesia, and that adults who haven’t been vaccinated since they were kids should get a booster.  They also mention that you may need a ‘yellow card’ in order to leave the country, saying you have received a polio vaccine within the last year if you are an adult.   Do you think this will be an issue?  I really doubt the booster is necessary from a medical point of view, since most of you travelers have only recently become adults, and are likely still protected by childhood vaccinations.  But I do wonder about the yellow card.  Any thoughts?  Thanks for your help!

Regards, Liz (Chris’ mom)

A: Hi Liz, our student groups thus far have not required to show proof of a recent polio shot on exiting Indonesia. There have been outbreaks of polio in certain regions, but not in areas that we travel. But to answer your question, it is not necessary for students to receive a polio booster for this program. If things change while the group is in-country we’ll be sure to let you know.

Thanks!

Jessica.

Southeast Asia Program Director.