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Polio Vaccine
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Polio Vaccine?

While virtually eliminated in the US, polio is a serious illness caused by a virus that still affects many parts of the world. It can cause:

  • Meningitis
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Paralysis
  • Death

The polio virus can be spread by drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with the virus. It can also be spread through person-to-person contact (eg, kissing) or fecal-oral contact. This type of contact is more likely to occur in unsanitary conditions.

Anyone can develop this infection. It mainly affects children under five years old. Also, it is more likely to lead to paralysis in certain people, including those who:

  • Have immune deficiency
  • Are pregnant
  • Had their tonsils removed
  • Take intramuscular injections
  • Exercise strenuously
  • Are...