National choices related to inactivated poliovirus vaccine, innovation and the endgame of global polio eradication

Expert Rev Vaccines. 2014 Feb;13(2):221-34. doi: 10.1586/14760584.2014.864563. Epub 2013 Dec 4.


Achieving the goal of a world free of poliomyelitis still requires significant effort. Although polio immunization represents a mature area, the polio endgame will require new tools and strategies, particularly as national and global health leaders coordinate the cessation of all three serotypes of oral poliovirus vaccine and increasingly adopt inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). Poliovirus epidemiology and the global options for managing polioviruses continue to evolve, along with our understanding and appreciation of the resources needed and the risks that require management. Based on insights from modeling, we offer some perspective on the current status of plans and opportunities to achieve and maintain a world free of wild polioviruses and to successfully implement oral poliovirus vaccine cessation. IPV costs and potential wastage will represent an important consideration for national policy makers. Innovations may reduce future IPV costs, but the world urgently needs lower-cost IPV options.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Eradication*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Poliomyelitis / epidemiology*
  • Poliomyelitis / prevention & control*
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated / administration & dosage*
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated / immunology*
  • Vaccination / methods*


  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated