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What is Polio?
Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the Polio virus. Progression to maximum paralysis occurs quickly over 2-4 days and it is usually associated with muscle pain and fever. Paralytic Polio is fatal in 2-10% of cases.
The Polio Vaccine
The risk of a polio vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small. Unimmunized adults should receive a primary series before traveling to countries where wild Polio virus is circulating. Those who have been previously immunized should get a one time booster.
Where to get the Polio Vaccine?
Where does Polio occur?
Poliomyelitis (Polio) cases, although mostly non-existent in the United States, still occur in certain parts of the world. Risk of polio still exists in the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Djibouti, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda and Uzbekistan. Polio is endemic in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Polio
So, if you are asking yourself, “What travel shots and vaccinations do I need?” or “Where do I get the Polio Vaccine?” schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic.