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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN ABOUT POLIOMYELITIS (POLIO) VACCINE DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is poliomyelitis vaccine?

Poliomyelitis (“polio”) vaccine is a shot that is administered to train the immune system to recognize and defend against poliovirus, the virus that causes poliomyelitis (polio for short). Most commonly, people in North America are given inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV), which is administered as four injections spread over several months. There is also an oral polio vaccine (OPV) that has not been used in the US since 2000, although it is still used in some places. Polio has been eradicated in the United States and throughout the developed world and most people have been immunized as children. However, if you are pregnant and have never been vaccinated and you are located, or will be traveling, in an area where polio is still present, you must get vaccinated. 


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