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Poliovirus vaccine, inactivated Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Poliovirus vaccine, inactivated is also known as: Ipol

Medically reviewed on October 9, 2017

Poliovirus vaccine, inactivated Pregnancy Warnings

Use is not recommended unless clearly needed.

AU TGA pregnancy category: B2
US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned

Animal studies have not been conducted. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Fetal damage may occur from the mother contracting polio while pregnant, but there is no convincing evidence of fetal harm from the inactivated vaccine.

AU TGA pregnancy category B2: Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed. Studies in animals are inadequate or may be lacking, but available data show no evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

US FDA pregnancy category Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.

See references

Poliovirus vaccine, inactivated Breastfeeding Warnings

Caution is recommended.

Excreted into human milk: Unknown
Excreted into animal milk: Data not available

Comments:
-Breast milk contains poliovirus antibodies in direct proportion to the mother's serum titers.
-Breastfeeding should be avoided for 6 hours before and after vaccine administration to nursing infants.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Ipol (poliovirus vaccine, inactivated)." Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Swiftwater, PA.
  2. Briggs GG, Freeman RK. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed." Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health (2015):
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Ipol (poliovirus vaccine, inactivated)." Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Swiftwater, PA.
  2. Briggs GG, Freeman RK. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed." Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health (2015):
  3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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