Polio is a disease that can be fatal or cause paralysis. It is caused by a virus. Polio can be prevented with a vaccine, which is given to children as a shot. Before there was a polio vaccine, the disease used to be common in North America. Polio has now been eliminated in North America, but it still occurs in some parts of the world.
Children should get four doses of the vaccine, which is normally given as part of the DTaP-IPV-Hib vaccine. In addition to polio, this vaccine gives protection from diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), and Haemophilus influenzae type B.
Talk to your doctor or public health nurse about when your child needs the vaccine and if your child has missed a dose of polio vaccine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of:
February 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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