The Polio Vaccine: Health 101

Who shouldn't get the polio vaccine?

While the polio vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, people who fall into the following categories should not receive it:

  • Kids who've had a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotics streptomycin, polymyxin B, or neomycin or to a previous polio shot.
  • Anyone who's pregnant (although it's been shown to be safe for pregnant women at an increased risk of exposure like those traveling to an area outside the U.S. that's had a recent outbreak).
  • Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated.

Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the polio vaccine is safe for you or your child.

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