March 2012

Polio is an infection of the spinal cord and brain, which can result in permanent muscular paralysis and death. Killed Polio virus vaccine (IPV) is given at 2 and 4 months. Boosters of this vaccine are given at fifteen months of age and four to five years of age. Polio vaccine used to be given by mouth (live, or Sabin Vaccine-OPV) but is now only given by injection (killed, or Salk Vaccine-IPV) and has no immediate side effects. It does not make the child irritable or fussy.

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