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).
Other complications associated with polio can include:
The polio vaccine helps protect your child from this serious infection.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their polio vaccine:
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.
Polio boosters are not recommended during childhood. Adults may need a booster if they:
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.
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