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

3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Thank
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
There are no life threatening side effects from the polio vaccine but there are significant risks from polio.

In brief: No
There are no life threatening side effects from the polio vaccine but there are significant risks from polio.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Thank
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not clear
I will discuss with your pediatrician the kind of reaction thta your baby had and decide from there.
If you have any question try to contact an infectious disease specialists.

In brief: Not clear
I will discuss with your pediatrician the kind of reaction thta your baby had and decide from there.
If you have any question try to contact an infectious disease specialists.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Thank
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: At 2 months of age
Infants receive the first polio immunization along with at least 4 others.
How do you know it was the polio vaccine?

In brief: At 2 months of age
Infants receive the first polio immunization along with at least 4 others.
How do you know it was the polio vaccine?
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Thank
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe; do ask doctor
If a child has a reaction after a dose of polio vaccine, the parents should talk with the doctor to see whether the reaction was likely from the vaccine or was merely a coincidence.
Also, if the reaction was just a larger than usual lump at the injection site, it may or may not happen again. The doctor and parents will decide on a case-by-case basis, whether or not to give the next polio shot.

In brief: Maybe; do ask doctor
If a child has a reaction after a dose of polio vaccine, the parents should talk with the doctor to see whether the reaction was likely from the vaccine or was merely a coincidence.
Also, if the reaction was just a larger than usual lump at the injection site, it may or may not happen again. The doctor and parents will decide on a case-by-case basis, whether or not to give the next polio shot.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
Dr. Zeda Amaya
Pediatrics
In brief: No; confirm first!
Polio is nearly wiped out of the world but threats of resurgence still exist.
Therefore, continued worldwide immunization practices are imperative. Before parents decide not to continue with the recommended shot schedule it is wise to consult the child's provider first and foremost. According to http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-ipv.Pdf there are just a few contraindications.

In brief: No; confirm first!
Polio is nearly wiped out of the world but threats of resurgence still exist.
Therefore, continued worldwide immunization practices are imperative. Before parents decide not to continue with the recommended shot schedule it is wise to consult the child's provider first and foremost. According to http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-ipv.Pdf there are just a few contraindications.
Dr. Zeda Amaya
Dr. Zeda Amaya
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
49M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors