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Polio, or poliomyelitis, is an infectious viral disease that may lead to paralysis, one of the permanent disability, and even death. Polio Vaccination is an effective way to protect against the disease.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • There has been a 99% decrease in wild poliovirus cases since 1988, dropping from an estimated 3,50,00 cases then, to 175 reported cases in 2019.
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What is Polio?

Poliomyelitis, a disease caused by the poliovirus, is commonly known as polio. It mainly affects children and depending on its severity, can lead to paralysis and death. Apart from this, survivors are also affected with post-polio syndrome. They experience muscle pain, weakness, and paralysis about 15 to 40 years after the infection.

How is Polio transmitted?

Poliovirus is highly contagious and hence, can spread easily from person to person. It spreads in the following ways:

  • If you come in contact with the faeces (poop) of an infected person
  • The Droplets from a sneeze or cough of an infected person

An infected person can even spread the virus to others before or up to 2 weeks after the symptoms appear. Asymptomatic people can also pass on the poliovirus.

Polio Symptoms and Complications

Not everyone infected with the poliovirus will show the symptoms. However, about 1 in every four infected people will show symptoms similar to the ones seen in someone down with the flu.

These include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Headache

These are milder symptoms and will usually not last more than 2 to 5 days. Depending on the severity of the infection, some may experience severe symptoms that affect the spine and the brain, such as:

  • Paraesthesia, which is the feeling of pins-and-needles or numbness in the limbs, especially legs
  • Meningitis, which is the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes
  • Paralysis is one of the most severe symptoms that can lead to permanent disability and death, which makes it the most severe symptom associated with polio.
When should a child receive Polio Vaccination?

The first dose of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) is given to a child at birth.

Following birth dose of OPV, Injectable Inactivated Polio Virus (IPV)-containing vaccines are important and routinely recommended for a child from 6 weeks onwards. These IPV-containing vaccines are available as a standalone or in combination. In addition, all parents are advised to ensure that their children receive OPV during the national and subnational pulse polio days.

However, consult your doctor for more information.

Adverse Effects
Adverse effects associated with Polio vaccination

With any medicine, including vaccines, there is a chance of side effects. These are usually mild and go away on their own.

Some people who get IPV get a sore spot where the shot was given and injection site pain. IPV has not been known to cause serious problems, and most people do not have any problems with it.

FAQs

Is there a cure for polio?

No, there is no cure for Polio. Polio can be prevented by immunizing a child with appropriate vaccination.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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