I would like to know how many cases of polio were reported in different countries for last 20 years or more. So far I've looked into the WHO webiste and also The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, but haven't find what I am looking for.

I also wanted to add the 'polio' and 'vaccination' tags to this question, but I don't have enough rep. Would be grateful if someone with enough rep can add these tags. Thank you.

  • I added some tags, but 'polio' and 'vaccination' don't exist. Tags with only one question aren't so helpful.
    – philshem
    Sep 23, 2015 at 8:17

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This was a tough one to find. The WHO, CDC, and GPEI were referenced all over the web as sources, but I couldn't find any pre-compiled data tables. WHO had a data system that includes polio cases but it only went back to 2010.

Then - I found a citation in a PDF of WHO's Global Health Observatory reports. The report has the most recent data, but also a link back to a data series called the vaccines preventable diseases monitoring system. A search through that database, with some filtering, finally leads you to this:


It's country data from 1980 to 2014, reported cases of polio. This also contains data on several other diseases: Diphtheria, Japanese encephalitis, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Rubella, Rubella (CRS), Tetanus, and Yellow fever.

  • Thank you for finding and sharing such a wealth of information. This has yearly data on several diseases including polio. Great find!
    – Raiyan
    Oct 1, 2015 at 15:20

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