This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting polio, a viral infection that can lead to paralysis.
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly contagious viral infection that can affect the central nervous system and cause a serious crippling disease (paralytic polio). Three out of four people with a polio infection will have no symptoms. (However, they can easily spread the infection.) The others develop paralytic polio with weakness of paralysis in their arms, legs and respiratory muscles. Complications may include:
The polio vaccine helps protect your child from this serious infection. Due to the widespread use of the polio vaccine, poliomyelitis is now very rare in the United States.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their polio vaccine at two months, four months, six to eighteen months and between four to six years of age. You may be required to show proof of polio vaccination before your child can attend school.
You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the polio vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the vaccine.
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