Vaccine - Polio - Convenient Care Clinic

This vaccine decreases your child's risk of getting polio. Polio is a viral infection that can lead to paralysis.




This vaccine decreases your child's risk of getting polio. Polio is 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 paralysis (paralytic polio).

  • The rest develop paralytic polio with weakness or paralysis in their arms, legs and respiratory muscles.

Other complications associated with polio can include:

  • Respiratory difficulty
  • Meningitis
  • Permanent physical disability
  • Recurrent symptoms that can appear years later (post-polio syndrome)
  • Twenty percent of those who develop paralytic polio die

The polio vaccine helps protect your child from this serious infection.

  • There is now widespread use of the polio vaccine.
  • Therefore, poliomyelitis is 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
  • At four months
  • At six to eighteen months
  • Between four to six years of age

You may be required to show proof of polio vaccination before your child can attend school.

The polio vaccine is frequently given with the DTaP, pneumococcal and hemophilus influenza vaccines.

  • If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.
  • Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if they have an allergy to any of the components of the vaccine or an allergy to certain antibiotics (streptomycin, polymyxin B or neomycin).

    Polio boosters are not recommended during childhood. Adults may need a booster if they:

  • Are traveling to an area where poliomyelitis is currently occurring
  • May be exposed to the virus at work

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 during your appointment.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for my child, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if my child does not get the vaccine?

Source UHC.com

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