Is there an injecting polio vaccine as opposed to (OPV)? Is it better than OPV. ?

If a child already took OPV, is it still desirable to take the injection as well?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There is an injectable polio vaccine, called IPOL-Poliovirus Vaccination Inactivated, which can be given to infants as young as 6 weeks if needed. OPV is no longer used in the US, and it's not recommended for use except in areas with active outbreaks. The people who recieve the OPV can give polio to unvaccinated, non-immune people- the virus remains present in the throat for a couple of weeks and will be excreted in the stool for several more. In areas where there are large numbers of non-immune people or sanitation/safe drinking water is a problem, giving the OPV can actually result in a local epidemic. If a child has recieved the full dose of OPV as scheduled, they don't need to take the injection. If they have not completed the series, though, they can take the injections and it won't hurt a thing. You would just need to speak with the pediatrician as to how to do that. Both the OPV and IPOL are effective, but the IPOL is prefered because it uses an inactivated virus and the person doesn't shed virus after vaccination.

    Source(s): nurse
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