About Post Polio Syndrome (PPS)


Before it was eradicated in the early 1960s, the debilitating disease Poliomyelitis struck down many people in Ireland. Some were not paralysed, many were partially paralysed and recovered, while others were paralysed partially or severely for life.

In Ireland presently, there are more than 7,000 survivors. Decades after their original infection by polio, many survivors are now experiencing new symptoms, which often require medical advice and treatment.

This condition is known as the “Late Effects of Polio” or “Post Polio Syndrome”.

A much rarer form is called “Post Polio Muscular Atrophy”.


These are not age related and usually appear in the form of:

  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Lack of strength and endurance, with increased muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Respiratory and swallowing difficulties, often with problems relating to sleep
  • Severe intolerance of cold
  • Decline in ability to carry out customary daily activities such as walking

This condition is internationally recognised and research is ongoing. While there is no known cure, much can be done to alleviate the symptoms and enable the retention of an independent life, often requiring some modification of life style.

Contact us for information on how we can help. Call 01 889 89 20.

For more information click here: Polio – The Late Effects Reality

This is an in-depth report providing an insight into the lifestyles of polio survivors.