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Polio (Poliomyelitis) Vaccine

Travel Medicine Services at MDA located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, travel immunizations and medications to help protect you while traveling internationally. You can get vaccinated for Polio at MDA Travel Medicine.

There are two types of vaccine that protect against polio. The inactivated polio vaccine and oral polio vaccine. The Polio vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines. Most people get the polio vaccine when they are children. You are considered fully immunized if you have received at least three doses of inactivated polio vaccine, live oral polio vaccine, or four doses of any combination of the two vaccines.

Polio Vaccination for Travelers

Before traveling to areas where poliomyelitis (polio) cases are still occurring, travelers should ensure that they have completed the recommended age-appropriate polio vaccine series and have received a booster dose, if necessary.

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to polio-endemic or epidemic areas, including countries with recent proven poliovirus and neighboring countries. These areas include some, but not all countries in East, Central and West Africa, Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, and South Asia.

Polio Eradication

In the pre-vaccine era, infection with poliovirus was common worldwide. The last cases of polio in the United States occurred in 1979. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has subsequently eliminated polio in the Americas, where the last wild poliovirus case was diagnosed in 1991.

Poliovirus infections occur endemically in only 3 countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. From 2008 through 2010, polio outbreaks have occurred in 28 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Polio Symptoms

A small percentage of infected people will have minor symptoms, like fever, fatigue, nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the limbs. For the less than 1%, who develop paralysis, it may result in permanent disability or even death. The death rate increases with age.

Learn more about the Polio Vaccine and the Poliomyelitis infection at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Contact Us

Travel Medicine specialists see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, infectious disease doctors can help you determine whether special immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary for your travel destination.

If you are planning a trip in the near future, call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need for your travel destination.

Travel Medicine Doctors

Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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