Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus than any other group.
Poliovirus is often transmitted from person-to-person through fecal matter. People living in areas with limited access to running water or flush toilets often get the virus from drinking water contaminated by human waste that contains the virus.
In addition, the virus can be spread by contaminated food or water or direct contact with another infected person.
Who should get the Polio vaccine?
At 2 months
At 4 months
Between 6 and 18 months
Between 4 and 6 years old
Who shouldn't get the Polio vaccine?
A child who has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B, or had a severe reaction to a previous dose of vaccine, should not get the polio shot.