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Polio Vaccine



Polio vaccine is used for prevention of infection of polio virus in infants, children and adults, as a primary vaccination and as a booster dose.

How it works

Polio vaccine belongs to the class of drugs known as vaccines. Polio vaccine contains live-attenuated or inactivated poliomyelitis virus, which acts by inducing antibody production against the polio virus and helps body’s immune system fight against infections expected in the future.

Common side effects


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Expert advice

  • Ensure that you take further booster doses of polio vaccine after every 5 years in children and after 10 years in adults.
  • Inform your doctor before vaccination if you have blood clotting disorder or high grade fever or any acute illness as your vaccination may have to be postponed until you recover.
  • Tell your doctor if you are currently taking any immunosuppressant or if you are infected with disease that affects your immune system.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to polio vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if having low platelet count.
  • Do not take if suffering with high grade fever or acute illness.

Frequently asked questions

Polio Vaccine

Q. Is polio vaccine necessary?
Yes, polio virus attacks the nervous system causing paralysis, especially of lower limbs. Polio vaccine provides protection against this virus.

Q. Does polio vaccine causes cancer, polio or autism?
No, it is not known to cause cancer or autism. It offers protection against polio.

Q. Does polio vaccine cause fever, pain or result in scar?
Polio vaccine may cause temporary fever or pain at injection site. It does leave any scar at injection site.

Content on this page was last updated on 03 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)