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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 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.
The polio vaccine is available at all Passport Health locations. Find a Passport Health clinic near you to receive vaccination against polio.
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.
According to the CDC, three groups of people should receive polio boosters:
Your Passport Health travel specialist will help you identify your need for a polio booster based on past medical history and travel destination.
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.
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