Polio Factsheet: 7 Things You Should Know

0 to 1 years

Created by Ekta
Updated on Jan 28, 2019

Polio Factsheet 7 Things You Should Know
Reviewed by Expert panel

About Polio Polio is a highly infectious viral disease, which affects children under 0-5 years.
How does it spread? Transmitted by person-to-person, spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, by contaminated water or food. Multiplies in intestine, can also enter the nervous system .
Symptoms Fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness of the neck and pain in the limbs
Prevention By stimulating your child's immune system with Polio vaccinations
Types of vaccinatons -OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine)
-IPV (Injectable Polio Vaccine)
Dosage -OPV: First dose given to new born baby, then 3 doses of OPV and IPV 4 weeks apart at 6th, 10th and 14th week.
-Followed by booster doses of OPV and IPV, at 15th to 18th month &
-Booster dose of OPV at 5 years.
-And pulse polio doses on every national immunisation day conducted by the government
India, polio free India was declared polio free in March 2014. It is still important for us to take the
vaccine till polio is eradicated globally.
Still prevalent in: Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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