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Poliovirus Vaccines

What Is Polio?
Polio is a viral infection that can cause permanent paralysis.

IPV Immunization Schedule
The inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) is given at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6–18 months, and 4–6 years.
Using IPV eliminates the risk of developing polio after receiving the live oral polio vaccine.

Why Is the IPV Vaccine Recommended?
The vaccine offers protection against polio, which can cause paralysis and death.

When to Delay or Avoid IPV Immunization?

The vaccine is not recommended if your child:
Has a severe allergic reaction to neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B
Had a severe allergic reaction to a previous IPV shot

Routine vaccination:

IPV: Minimum age – 6 weeks.
IPV: 2 instead of 3 doses can be also used if primary series started at 8 weeks and the interval between the doses is kept 8 weeks
No child should leave your facility without polio immunization (IPV or OPV), if indicated by the schedule!
Full dose of IM-IPV should be offered at least at 8 weeks interval of the second dose of ID-fIPV.
If a child has received one dose of ID-fIPV at 6 weeks, two more full doses of IM-IPV should be offered at least 8 weeks after the first dose.
The minimum interval between the 2nd and 3rd dose should also be at least 8 weeks.

Catch-up vaccination:

IPV catch-up schedule: 2 doses at 2 months apart followed by a booster after 6 months of previous dose.

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