Poliomyelitis (polio) is a viral infection that may be transmitted
by coming into direct contact with the secretions of infected persons
or through contaminated beverages or foods. The disease may vary
from mild subclinical illness to paralysis and possibly death. Travelers
to countries where polio occurs are considered to be at increased
risk and should be vaccinated.
There are currently two types of polio vaccine for use in the
United States, a live oral vaccine and an inactivated injectable
vaccine. The most appropriate type of vaccine varies according to
individual circumstances. Adult travelers at risk of exposure should
receive a polio vaccine booster dose to extend the protection provided
by their earlier childhood vaccinations against polio.
If you wish to receive vaccination against polio, please call
us for a clinic appointment.