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  • Everybody got 4 mandatory shots as a kid
  • CDC recommends one booster after 21 for travelers to endemic area

We all want to be protected when we travel. Learning more about Polio vaccination is an important first step.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear people ask about it. We hope you find the answers helpful

QuestionLearn more about the Polio Booster vaccine

What is Polio and how is it caught?

Poliomyelitis is an acute illness caused by an invasion of the gastrointestinal tract by a virus. Transmission is via infected food and saliva.

Approximately 95% of individuals who become infected with it show no symptoms at all. However, a small amount of people (<1%) will go on to develop paralysis, affecting the legs or the facial nerves.

Where and how common is it?

While Polio is considered to be eliminated here in the United States it still exists in many developing countries in the Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Congo, India, Iran, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Uganda, and Zambia.

What protection is available/who should get it?

Most adults have already received the Polio vaccine when they were children and so do not need to receive it. Some adults, such as those traveling to infected areas, are at higher risk and should consider the vaccine.

The booster shot should be given to anyone who has been fully vaccinated (four/five doses) but who has not received a booster in the past ten years and who is traveling to areas where Poliomyelitis is widespread.

Have I received it before?

Yes, Americans have received 4 or 5 doses during childhood. A shot during adulthood is not required unless traveling to endemic areas. If you travel to high risk area one booster after age of 21 should be protective

Is it a required vaccine?

It is not, but it is highly recommended for those traveling to endemic areas.

For what countries is a booster needed?

Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Congo, India, Iran, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Uganda, and Zambia.

Who should not receive it?

Those who have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous Polio vaccine.

Are there any side effects?

IPV is not known to cause any serious health problems. Mild pain, swelling and/or redness at the injection site is common. This may occur more frequently after subsequent doses.

Are there any other ways to protect against it?

Always wash hands and eat safely when overseas.

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