Polio is a serious disease caused by the poliovirus that can cause permanent paralysis or even death. The only effective way to protect yourself against polio is to get immunized. There is no cure for polio.
75% who are infected will not experience any symptoms but can still spread the disease to others.
Approximately 25% will experience flu-like symptoms such as:
- Stomach pain
A small amount of people will experience the most severe symptoms of polio such as:
- Severe muscle pains
- Stiffness in the neck and back
There is no cure for polio. The only protection is immunization.
Yes. Polio is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in an unimmunized population.
The main way polio is spread is through contact with the fecal matter of an infected person. It can also be spread through contact with droplets from the sneeze or cough of an infected person, or via contact with a contaminated body of water.
The only effective protection from polio is immunization. Everyone is encouraged to get immunized.
- Anyone not fully immunized - including children, adults, and pregnant women
- Immunocompromised Individuals
- Children under 2 who have not completed their immunization schedule
Yes. Polio immunization is not new. It has been in use for almost 70 years and is proven to be very effective. The use of immunization has almost completely eradicated polio worldwide.
Unimmunized adults and children who did not receive their routine shots in the past, should receive 3 doses of the immunization, with one dose each at:
- 4-8 weeks after the first dose
- 6-12 months after the second dose
People who have been fully immunized but will have contact with cases due to spread in their community or other potential exposures should consider a booster.
People who do not know if they have been immunized should contact their healthcare provider to determine their immunization status. If it still cannot be determined a booster should be considered.
Stay at home and away from other people, and call your healthcare provider.
Post-polio syndrome is a condition that can affect polio survivors about 15 to 40 years after recovery from polio.
Symptoms can include:
- Slow progressive muscle weakness
- Muscle atrophy
- Loss of muscle function
- Pain from joint degeneration and increasing skeletal deformities such as curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
The routine childhood immunization schedule is as follows:
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 through 18 months old
- 4 through 6 years old
During an outbreak an accelerated routine childhood immunization schedule is recommended as follows:
- 1 dose at age 6 weeks or older
- a second dose 4 or more weeks after the first dose
- a third dose 4 or more weeks after the second dose
- a fourth dose 6 or more months after the third dose
Adults who have had 1 or 2 doses of polio vaccine in the past should get the remaining 1 or 2 doses. It does not matter how long it has been since the earlier dose(s)
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