DR. GAFANOVICH DOES NOT ADMINISTER POLIO VACCINATIONS. UPON YOUR REQUEST, YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO WEST SIDE GROUP OF SPECIALISTS WHO CARRY THIS TYPE OF VACCINE. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT POLIO IS NORMALLY NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE PLAN.
What is Polio?
Polio is a disease caused by a virus. It is introduced orally, but usually does not cause serious illness. However, it can at times cause paralysis and meningitis. It can be fatal because it is known to cause respiratory arrest. At one time Polio was very common in the United States and killed thousands of people every year before a vaccine was invented.
When a person is infected, the disease multiplies in the cells that make up the nose, throat and lining of the stomach. 95 percent of those infected have no symptoms from the infection. However, people can become carries who can spread the disease without knowing they have it.
Polio immunization should be made in New York travel clinic before your departure
Minor symptoms of Polio include fever, sore throat, nausea, flulike symptoms, constipation, and vomiting. Severe symptoms of Polio include aseptic meningitis, which are similar to symptoms of Polio and include increased or abnormal sensations that may improve rapidly with complete recovery. In less than one percent of cases partial or full paralysis can occur. Polio can cause inflammation of the heart muscle that can result in death. Pneumonia, fluid in the lungs, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are also symptoms of Polio.
Although Polio is all but eradicated from the United States, it only takes one foreigner with the disease to cause a new outbreak. If the population does not continue to vaccinate, it is extremely likely that Polio will once again become a common killer of Americans.
Who should get a Polio vaccine and when?
All babies should be vaccinated. Most adults who are over 18 are already inoculated. Some adults could be at higher risk is strongly encouraged to get the vaccine, especially before international travel where the disease is a persistent threat.
Healthcare workers, lab workers, and frequent travelers should be inoculated for Polio. Adults who have never been vaccinated should get three doses of IPV. Two doses are separated by one to two months and the third dose is separated by six months. Anyone who has had one or two doses of vaccine in the past should get the remaining one or two doses. Anyone who has had three or more doses of the vaccine only needs a booster shot.
Who shouldn’t get the vaccine or should wait?
Anyone who has had a life-threatening allergy to any component of the Polio vaccine should not be given the inoculation. Allergies that may result in a reaction are neomycin, streptomycin, or polyymycin B should not get the vaccine. Anyone that is moderately to severely ill should wait until they are fully recovered to get the vaccine.
What are the risks of a Polio vaccine?
As with any medication, there is a risk of allergic reaction to the Polio vaccine. The risks of taking a Polio vaccine are very low, with the most common reaction being soreness at the injection site. There have been rare instances of side effects occurring such as strange behavior or a high fever. An allergic reaction by include wheezing, difficulty breathing, rashes or hives, disorientation, dizziness or heart palpitations.
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Traveling outside of USA and concerned about your health? Travel vaccinations are recommended for many destinations. Find out about the requirements and talk to a physician.