Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease, which invades the nervous system and can cause life-long paralysis. In June 2002, all 53 countries in the WHO European Region were certified polio free. A sustained effort of immunization and disease surveillance helps maintain the Region’s polio-free status and ensures that no polio case can be left undetected.

Maintaining the Region's polio-free status

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World Polio Day: WHO European Region celebrates continued polio-free status and close of Ukraine outbreak

Today, on World Polio Day, all WHO Member States and partners pause to celebrate the great progress made towards the global goal of eradicating poliomyelitis (polio). The WHO European Region has much to celebrate: its polio-free status was reconfirmed.

Polio Outbreak Simulation Exercise (POSE)

POSE news, materials and implementation reports

Polio Endgame Strategic Plan

The comprehensive, long-term strategy to deliver a polio-free world by 2018.

Eradicate polio step by step

European Immunization Week

Each year in April, EIW promotes the core message that the immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. The goal of the region-wide campaign is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization. EIW 2016 was celebrated on 24–30 April.

This year's campaign

Immunize Europe Forum

WHO/Europe is proud to announce the launch of a new online resource for the immunization community

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Immunization Highlights 2015

Annual report of WHO/Europe support to Member States in pursuit of the goals and objectives of the European Vaccine Action Plan 2015–2020 (EVAP)

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Immunization advocacy library

Tools for immunization programme managers and other stakeholders to advocate for prioritization of immunization in political agendas and public health budgets

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Key resources


    WHO/Europe infectious disease data set, compiled from reports submitted by Member States

  • WHO EpiBrief and EpiData

    Summary and analysis of data on selected vaccine-preventable diseases

  • Polio laboratory data management system

    Information and resources for the Regional Polio Lab Network


    WHO/Europe infectious disease data set, compiled from reports submitted by Member States

  • Immunization Resource Centre

    Documents designed to assist health professionals in their day-to-day work as it relates to immunization

Data and statistics

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infections with poliovirus leads to irreversible paralysis. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.

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