- polio vaccination
- Oral Polio Vaccine, called OPV, is delivered through drops that are swallowed. OPV contains live polioviruses that are weakened to keep them from causing disease. This vaccine is easy to administer and has been an invaluable tool in the global campaign to eradicate polio.
- Inactivated Polio Vaccine, called IPV, is given by a shot. Because OPV can cause a very rare case of polio in and of itself, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommend that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) now be used exclusively in the United States. This vaccine is as effective as the OPV in protecting the individual against polio.
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
How is the procedure performed?
- age 2 months
- age 4 months
- between the ages of 6 to 18 months
- age 4 to 6 years
Polio Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia
Polio Epidemiology, Polio Information Center Online [PICO]