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Polio Vaccine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Polio Vaccine Polio, IPV, Infanrix-IPV+Hib, Pentaxim,Infanrix Hexa, Hexaxim Adult, Children

Polio Vaccine - What is it for

​Polio vaccines help to prevent infection caused by 3 types of Poliovirus. The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) contains the killed form of the Poliovirus.


Poliomyelitis (Polio) is a highly infectious disease which can affect the muscles and nerves throughout the body. In a small number of people, this can lead to permanent paralysis of the limbs. Most people infected with polio will not have any symptoms or have only minor symptoms which often go away completely.


Polio is spread by contact with infected people, such as through oral contact with body fluids or faecal material from an infected person. Some symptoms that can happen at the beginning include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness and pain in the limbs.

Who Should Receive the Polio Vaccine?
As part of the Singapore National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS), all children should receive a series of three doses from age 2 months onwards, followed by two booster doses at appropriate intervals, usually given together in combination with other vaccines.
For at-risk unvaccinated adults, their vaccination schedule may differ and booster dose may be advised if indicated. Please consult your doctor for more information.

Polio Vaccine - Additional Information

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