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Inactivated Polio Vaccine for Children

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 the 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 your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

  • Your child's mouth and throat are swollen.
  • Your child is wheezing or has trouble breathing.
  • Your child has chest pain.
  • Your child's heart is beating faster than normal for him or her.
  • Your child feels like he or she is going to faint.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child's face is red or swollen.
  • Your child has hives that spread over his or her body.
  • Your child feels weak or dizzy.
  • Your child has severe shoulder pain.

Call your child's doctor if:

  • Your child has a high fever.
  • Your child has 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 child's doctor as directed:

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

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