Polio Recommendations

Polio Recommendations

No more polio? The World Health Organization was on target to eliminate polio by the end of the year 2000. This wonderful achievement also changes the risks vs. benefits for polio vaccines. For that reason, in 1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended  that no more live, oral polio vaccine (OPV) be given in the United States as soon as possible.

Until the total elimination of polio is solidly confirmed, inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) shots should be used, which contain no live virus. These will continue to protect children and move toward global eradication, while at the same time removing the rare but devastating possibility of vaccine-caused polio.

In some areas of world, the OPV is still the safest option, but it’s almost time for that hero to retire.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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