What is Polio?

It is disease caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can infect a person's spinal cord, causing paralysis.

What are the symptoms of polio?

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Stomach Pain
  • Tiredness

Prevention of Polio

It is recommended that children get 4 doses of polio vaccine to protect against polio as part of the series of routine childhood vaccines.

Children should get one dose at each of the following ages:

  • 2 months old
  • 4-6 months old
  • 6 through 18 months old
  • 5 through 6 years old

What Are the Types of Polio Vaccine?

  • Oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV): It is given orally in the form of drops
  • Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV): it is given as an injection in the leg or arm

Do you know that:

Two doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) are 90% effective or more against paralytic polio.

Do you know that:

Three doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) are 99% to 100% effective.

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