What is the vaccine?
The vaccine protects against the disease of Polio.
When is it administered?
Two months, four months, eighteen months and five years.
What is the disease?
Polio is a virus that is spread like the common cold or flu. While many infected don’t have symptoms, those that do complain of fever and sore throat.
Is it serious?
Most cases are relatively harmless, but there are some cases that can result in paralysis, usually temporary, that’s treated with breathing machines (to keep the lungs functioning) until the paralysis wears off. However, in 2/3rd of these individuals with paralysis, there is permanent muscle weakness
Is it common?
Polio isn’t common in the U.S. with zero cases being reported since 1985.
Is the vaccine controversial?
This vaccine has very few side effects since it contains the inactive form of the virus and is one of the safest. However, there are some controversial ingredients including monkey kidney cells, baby cow blood serum, and human albumin (as well as glutamate, component of MSG, and formaldehyde.
Mama Natural’s take:
Unless you plan on traveling to Africa and Asia, I wouldn’t recommend this vaccine since this disease is non-existent in the U.S. However, from a public health standpoint, you can get this vaccine to be sure the disease doesn’t make a comeback. We will vaccinate our son once we travel internationally as a family.
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