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Inactivated Polio Vaccine

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is an injection given to help prevent polio. Polio is a disease caused by a virus. The virus damages your brain and spinal cord. This can lead to paralysis or death. The virus is usually spread through direct contact. The IPV is often combined with other vaccines.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your mouth and throat are swollen.
  • You are wheezing or have trouble breathing.
  • You have chest pain or your heart is beating faster than normal for you.
  • You feel like you are going to faint.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your face is red or swollen.
  • You have hives that spread over your body.
  • You feel weak or dizzy.
  • You have severe shoulder pain.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a high fever.
  • You have increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.
  • You have questions or concerns about the IPV.

Apply a warm compress

to the area to relieve swelling and pain.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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