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Polio vaccine : what you need to know
  • Published Date:
    11/8/11
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 303.37 KB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
  • Series:
    Vaccine information statement (Interim)
  • Description:
    1. What is polio? -- 2. Why get vaccinated? -- 3. Who should get polio vaccine and when? -- 4. Some people should not get IPV or should wait. -- 5. What are the risks from IPV? -- 6. What if there is a serious reaction? -- 7. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program -- 8. How can I learn more?

    Polio is a disease caused by a virus. It enters the body through the mouth. Usually it does not cause serious illness. But sometimes it causes paralysis (can’t move arm or leg), and it can cause meningitis (irritation of the lining of the brain). It can kill people who get it, usually by paralyzing the muscles that help them breathe.

    Polio used to be very common in the United States. It paralyzed and killed thousands of people a year before we had a vaccine.

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