POLIO VACCINATION (POLIO)

Polio can be prevented with vaccine.

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A Routine polio immunization is not considered necessary for unimmunized adults in Canada unless they are at higher risk of exposure to wild polioviruses, such as health care workers B who may be exposed to feces, previously unimmunized travelers to areas of countries where wild polioviruses are circulating. A single booster dose (at least 10 years after the primary series) is recommended for individuals 18 years of age and older who are at increased risk of exposure to wild polioviruses.

 

WHO SHOULD GET THE VACCINE

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  • Infants and children less than 4 years of age who do not require diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, or Hib

  • Children 4-17 years of age (inclusive) who do not require diphtheria or tetanus vaccine.

  • Adults who are at higher risk of exposure to wild polioviruses:

  1. health care workers

  2. who may be exposed to feces

  3. travellers to areas of countries where wild polioviruses are circulating

  4. workers in refugee camps in polio endemic areas:

  • residents of communities in which a visitor or new refugee/immigrant may be excreting polioviruses

  • laboratory workers handling specimens that may contain polioviruses

  • military personnel

 

BOOSTER DOSES

Routine polio immunization is not considered necessary for unimmunized adults in Canada unless they are at higher risk of exposure to wild polioviruses

A single booster dose (at least 10 years after the primary series) is recommended for individuals 18 years of age and older who are at increased risk of exposure to wild polioviruses and who completed an IPV or OPV series in childhood.
[No additional doses of IPV are recommended for travelers under 18 years of age who have completed an IPV or OPV vaccine series]

 

THE SPREAD IS CONTROLLED, BUT UNPREDICTABLE

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