Polio

Seshu Brahma and Rebecca Parker 3rd

Overview

Polio prevents the contagious disease poliomyelitis. There are two polio vaccines used around the world. The first dose of polio vaccine is usually given 1 to 2 months after birth. The second dose is given at 4 months. The third dose is given between 6-18 months and the fourth dose is given at 4 to 6 years of age.

Symptoms and Side Effects

Symptoms of the disease polio are: paralysis, vomiting, breathing problems, muscle spasms, and fatigue. Common side effects of the vaccine are tiredness, irritability, and tenderness at injection site. Some more serious, but rare side effects are: trouble breathing, hoarseness, and wheezing.