About the Disease
Polio is a serious disease. It spreads when germs pass from an inected person to the mouths of others. Polio can paralyze a person (make arms and legs unable to move) and/or cause death
About the Vaccines
Benefits of the vaccines
Types of Vaccines
IPV or Inactivated Polio Vaccine is given as a shot in the leg or arm.
Most children should have a total of 4 OPV vaccines. They should have OPV at:
Other vaccines may be given at the same time as OPV.
Who should get OPV?
Most doctors recommend that almost all young children get OPV. But there are some cautions. Tell your doctor or nurse if the person getting the vaccine or anyone else in close contact with the person getting the vaccine is less able to fight serious infectiions because of
If so, your doctor or nurse will probably give IPV instead of OPV.
If you are older than age 18 years, you usually do not need polio vaccine.
If you are traveling to a country where there is polio, you should get either OPV or IPV.
If protection is needed during pregnancy, OPV or IPV can be used.
Allergy to neomycin or streptomycin
Does the person getting the vaccine have an allergy to the drugs neomycin or streptomycin? If so, she/he should get OPV, but not IPV. Ask your doctor or nurse if you are not sure.
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