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Polio

Protect yourself against Polio (CDC.com):

  • Polio (or poliomyelitis) is a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by poliovirus, which can infect a person’s spinal cord, leading to paralysis.
  • Polio is transmitted through contaminated water and food or contact with an infected person.

Symptom Lists :

  • Most people infected with poliovirus have no symptoms, some will experience…
    • sore throat
    • fever
    • tiredness
    • nausea
    • headache
    • stomach pain.
  • A smaller group of people will develop more serious symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord:
    • Paresthesia (feeling of pins and needles in the legs),
    • Meningitis (infection of the covering of the spinal cord and/or brain), or
    • Paralysis (can’t move parts of the body) or weakness in the arms, legs, or both.

*Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death.

How can I Prevent Polio?

Some adults are at higher risk and should consider polio vaccination, including:

  • people traveling to certain parts of the world,
  • laboratory workers who might handle poliovirus, and
  • health care workers treating patients who could have polio.

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Getting Vaccinated:

  • Polio vaccine may be given as a stand-alone vaccine, or as part of a combination vaccine (a type of vaccine that combines more than one vaccine together into one shot). (Polio vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.)

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