What Is Polio?
- Mild fever
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
What Is the Polio Vaccine?
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
- People traveling to areas of the world where polio is common
- Laboratory workers who handle the polio virus
- Healthcare workers who treat patients who may have polio
What Are the Risks Associated With the Polio Vaccine?
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
- Are allergic to the medicines neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B
- Have had an allergic reaction to a previous polio vaccine
- Are very ill
What Other Ways Can Polio Be Prevented Besides Vaccination?
What Happens in the Event of an Outbreak?
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Model insert: oral polio vaccine for children. World Health Organization website. Available at: http://www.who.int/immunization%5Fstandards/vaccine%5Fquality/insert%5Fopv%5F2002.pdf. Updated September 2002. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Poliomyelitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 24, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Polio vaccination: who needs it? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/polio/vacc-in-short.htm. Updated October 3, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Polio vaccine. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/kids/vaccines/polio-vaccine.html. Updated December 2010. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Polio vaccine: What you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/ipv.html. Updated November 8, 2011. Accessed December 1, 2014.
10/30/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Prymula R, Siegrist C, Chlibek R, et al. Effect of prophylactic paracetamol administration at time of vaccination on febrile reactions and antibody responses in children: two open-label, randomised controlled trials. Lancet. 2009;374(9698):1339.
11/9/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding routine poliovirus vaccination. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009;58(30):829-830.
- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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