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  • Polio

We have an adult who was diagnosed with polio as a child with some residual effects. This adult will be traveling overseas and the CDC travel website recommends a dose of polio vaccine. Should he be vaccinated with polio vaccine even though he had polio in the past?

Immunity to one of the serotypes of polio does not produce significant immunity to the other serotypes. A history of having recovered from polio disease should not be considered evidence of immunity to polio. You should complete a primary series of IPV if he is known or suspected to have been unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated against polio. If he received a primary series in childhood, a single adult booster dose may be given before travel to an area where polio vaccination is recommended.

Last reviewed: July 23, 2023

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