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The last laboratory-confirmed indigenous polio case was reported on 28 January, 2000. In 2014 two wild polio cases were reported from Baghdad – Resafa province. Dates of onset of the cases were February and April 2014. Both cases were linked to Syria outbreak of 2013.

Routine immunization

Routine immunization against polio has been mandatory since 1985. After reaching high levels in 1980s, routine immunization decreased significantly in the 1990s then increased again.  

National immunization days

National immunization days have been held yearly since 1995. Iraq has carried out at least two national immunization days every year since then. 

Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance

National reporting started in Iraq since 1997. Virologic classification was introduced in 2000. Iraq has achieved and maintained certification standards since 1997.

Country indicators


The Iraq national poliovirus laboratory in Baghdad is a WHO-accredited laboratory of the Eastern Mediterranean Region poliovirus laboratories network. 

Phase 1 of laboratory containment of polioviruses has been completed and a report documenting the quality of containment activities has been submitted to WHO.

Related links

WHO Iraq country office

Iraq certification status

Routine immunization

Targets and percentage coverage by supplementary immunization activity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region by year

Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance indicators in the Eastern Mediterranean Region  

Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2017 - 2018 - 2019


P1 Total



14 14


8 8

Total 2017

22 22



21 21


12 12

Total 2018

33 33



16 16


62 62

Total 2019 (up to 8 September 2019)

78 78

Polio Fax issues

Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin

Surveillance Indicators

Supplementary Immunization Activities

Routine immunization
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