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What type of vaccine is the polio vaccine?

What type of vaccine is the polio vaccine?

The current polio: Vaccine in the usa is an inactivated (killed) virus vaccine. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Ipv (Definition)

Some people who get IPV get a sore spot where the shot was given. The vaccine used today has never been known to cause any serious problems, and most people don't have any problems at all with it. However, a vaccine, like any medicine, could cause serious problems, such as a severe allergic reaction. The risk of a polio shot causing serious harm, or ...Read more


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What is the polio vaccine sugar cube?

What is the polio vaccine sugar cube?

Early oral vaccine: The oral polio vaccine first broadly uses in the us in the 1960's.It was common to have large community events where the OPV drops were placed on a sugar cube & given to a recipient. With 1 case of OPV associated polio/2.4 million doses, the OPV was replaced in 1998 by an injected vaccine which has no associated cases. The oral preparation is still used in some parts of the world. ...Read more

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Did the polio vaccine get rid of polio?

Did the polio vaccine get rid of polio?

MostOfTheWorldExcept: Polio Vaccine has been successful in getting rid of Polio all over the world except in Pakistan, Afganistan and Nigeria only due to treistance to vaccinate their children ...Read more

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What type of polio vaccine is given in the usa for prevention of poliomyelitis?

What type of polio vaccine is given in the usa for prevention of poliomyelitis?

Injected/killed: The live weakened oral polio vaccine was the USA standard from the late early 60's until the early 90's. There was a low, but real risk of polio (1/1-2 million doses) with the oral vaccine that was not present with the enhanced injected vaccine. By the late 90's, the oral polio vaccine was not available to most physicians and the injected became the standard. ...Read more

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Why cases of polio do occur in children despite giving the oral polio vaccine (opv)?

Vaccine-related: The reason that the usa switched back to the killed polio vaccine is that, by then, there was no wild-type polio in the country but a handful of cases occurred related to the live, attenuated oral vaccine. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the inactivated polio vaccine and the oral polio vaccine?

What is the difference between the inactivated polio vaccine and the oral polio vaccine?

Live and inactivated: Oral Polio Vaccine is live vaccine and is not used in USA any more as there was very little abour 3 in 1 million patients to get polio from the vaccine
Inactivated is not live vaccine and has to be given through injection and is safer and also gives immunity against Polio ...Read more

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It is a rumor that oral polio vaccine includes a formula that effects your reproductive system?

It is a rumor that oral polio vaccine includes a formula that effects your reproductive system?

Rumor only: First oral polio vaccine is not readily available in the us. Billions of oral polio have been given and I have never heard of any problem affecting the reproductive system. ...Read more

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Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

No; confirm first!: Discuss the reaction with your doctor and then make your decision. It's likely the reaction was not due to the vaccine. The polio vaccine side effects are mild, but polio is a devastating disease. This is a case where the risk of the disease is much greater than the risk of the vaccine! I would encourage you to vaccinate. ...Read more

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If I'm positive for (ebv) should I get a polio vaccine to work as an emt? Or could there be a way around that?

If I'm positive for (ebv) should I get a polio vaccine to work as an emt? Or could there be a way around that?

Yes: If getting the polio vaccine is a requirement of work I see no reason not to get it if you are positive for epstein barr virus. Most adults are ebv positive. Most adults vaccinated for polio as kids don't require vaccination in adulthood. Some require it because of occupational exposure or chronic disease. The vaccine you will be getting is the ipv. It is not a live virus and is a mild vaccine. ...Read more

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How can the polio vaccine work?

Stimulating immunity: The vaccine prevents spread of the poliovirus from the gastrointestinal tract to the nervous system where paralytic disease develops. ...Read more

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Rotary pushes the polio vaccine?

Polio Vaccine: Rotary clubs efforts to eradicate polio from this world have been very successful as cases of polio in countries like india has almost been wiped out due to vaccination. ...Read more

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How does the polio vaccine work?

How does the polio vaccine work?

Immune response: All vaccines expose the body's immune system to viral protein or an attenuated strain of the virus, neither of which cause illness. The immune system reacts against the new protein and you become immunized by a defense cell memory of that protein which prevents infection in the future. Polio vaccine works in the same way. ...Read more

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When did jonas salks test the polio vaccine?

Polio: Started in 1948 & rewarded for discovery in 1955. ...Read more

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Why haven't I heard any more criticism of the original polio vaccine?

Little more to say: There were some cases of polio early on (the cutter incident) and mostly theoretical issues with sv40 contamination but the original killed polio vaccine stopped paralytic polio in its tracks. ...Read more

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Why is the oral polio vaccine better than the shot?

Depends on the area: The oral (live weakened) vaccine is still used in the third world because of ease of use & some beneficial local impact. Infants or adults will pass vaccine virus in their stool for weeks & secondary passage thru poor hygiene boosts immunity in the local contacts. A 1per 2million dose risk of polio from the oral vaccine made it too risky in our population where polio is so rare. ...Read more

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Is there any reason to get the polio vaccine again?

Polio vaccine: Incompletely immunized children and adults should receive remaining doses of polio vaccine as required for protection against the disease. ...Read more

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May a child get sick after taking oral polio vaccine?

May a child get sick after taking oral polio vaccine?

Very Rarely: The oral polio vaccine is the live polio vaccine that was previously given in the usa and is still used widly throughout the world, particularly in areas with significant problems with the wild polio virus. It is highly effective. In rare cases, the administration of OPV results in vaccine-associated paralysis associated with the reversion of the vaccine strains to the wild poliovirus profile. ...Read more

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Why is the oral polio vaccine better than another form?

See below:: Opv is better at stopping the spread of the virus to others, but now that wild (natural) polio has been eliminated from the western hemisphere, this advantage is no longer a consideration in the United States. Ipv has been used exclusively in the United States since 2000. However, in other countries where wild polio is still a threat, OPV is still used. ...Read more

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How has the polio vaccine provided new hope for long-time workers?

What is theQuestion?: New hope is there that one day soon there will be no Polo anywhere in the world as it has been wiped out in all the countries except Afganistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
What it has to do with long time workers I do not understand what is this and I can not answer ...Read more

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Which polio vaccine did we take in the united states as the sugar cube?

Which polio vaccine did we take in the united states as the sugar cube?

Sabin vaccine: The oral trivalent polio vaccine is not used anymore in the usa. We now use an enhanced version of jonas salk original vaccine. ...Read more

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Which vaccine is more effective? IPV or OPV fir preventing polio For kids?

Which vaccine is more effective? IPV or OPV fir preventing polio For kids?

Polio vaccines: OPV is more effective at preventing polio as it is a live attenuated virus. That being said, the risk to being administered the OPV is higher as polio is pretty much eradicated from the world, and the only cases of paralytic polio are from the oral vaccine. So, IMHO, the decision to go with the inactivated vaccine is the correct one and OPV is no longer available in the US. ...Read more

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Which polio vaccine do we use today? If I took sugar cubes, do I need vaccine again?

Which polio vaccine do we use today? If I took sugar cubes, do I need vaccine again?

Depends: The original oral vaccine was administered on sugar cubes in several doses over several months starting in the mid/late 1950's. If you received the set of oral doses you are finished. People were so paranoid about polio back then I would assume you got them all & wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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If a child already took the oral polio vaccine, is it still desirable he get the injection as well?

Depends:: If enough doses were administered at appropriate times, injectable vaccine may not be necessary. ...Read more

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Who discovered the polio virus? Do we still get the polio vaccine nowadays?

Who discovered the polio virus? Do we still get the polio vaccine nowadays?

Karl Landsteiner &: Erwin Popper discovered the polio virus in 1908. The U.S. used Dr. Salk's 1953 killed polio vaccine from '55-'62. From '63-'99, the U.S. used Dr. Sabin's 1962 live oral vaccine. It's still used where polio is endemic. The U.S. has used the Salk vaccine since 2000. Withered limbs from polio have been documented since early man: note the Egyptian priest's withered left leg. Be wise, immunize! ...Read more

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The polio vaccine injects antigens from the poliovirus into our bodies. Why doesn't that make us sick?

The polio vaccine injects antigens from the poliovirus into our bodies. Why doesn't that make us sick?

Dead=dead: It takes live virus invading your body to make you sick. Injecting non-living antigens just allow your body to build antibodies to those antigens. If exposed to the living virus (that has those antigens)in the future, the antibodies would kill them before they make you sick. That is how most vaccines work. ...Read more

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My baby had polio vaccine opv during campaign but his next dose after 15 days according to schedule so is it safe to vaccine or I omit it?

My baby had polio vaccine opv during campaign but his next dose after 15 days according to schedule so is it safe to vaccine or I omit it?

Considered safe: The significant side effect of the oral vaccine is a form of infantile paralysis that occurs in 1/2.4 million doses. It affects mostly those with immune deficiencies and would likely arise after the first dose. The oral series is considered safe and effective when given to normal kids or adults. I would complete the series. ...Read more

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Where can you get a polio vaccine?

Pediatricians/Health: Polio vaccine is available in any Pediatrician's office and your Health Department Clinic
Most Internist do not have it as the vaccine is only given before 6 years of age ...Read more

Dr. Richard Ehman
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Poliomyelitis (Definition)

Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more