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Polio (cont.)

Polio Vaccine and Prevention

Polio prevention is possible with vaccination; an appropriate vaccination series in young children can establish lifelong immunity to polio. For example, inactivated polio virus (IVP) is given at these intervals; 2,4, and between 6 and 18 months of age, with a booster shot between ages 4-6. Also, the CDC recommends people traveling to countries where polio is present get a polio booster shot before the travel.

Other prevention techniques involve avoidance of the viruses that cause polio. This is accomplished by avoiding the few areas where polio is still endemic and practicing strict hygiene, especially when caring for a polio patient.

What Is the Prognosis for Polio?

The prognosis for most patients with polio is good; the majority recover with no complications; however, patients with paralytic polio have a prognosis that ranges from good to poor as some patients may become disabled for their whole life.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Centers for Disease Control

"Polio Vaccination"
Centers for Disease Control

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2016

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