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Information about Polio

This is a highly infectious disease and usually contracted by touching the mouth with infected hands. Polio carriers do not have symptoms but are instrumental in spreading the disease. Up to 10% of victims will die, and a high percentage of survivors will be disabled. After an incubation time of one to two weeks, the victim will probably experience fever, pain and even paralysis.

Formerly a common killer of children, this vaccination has had a high success rate and has been largely eliminated, especially in the developed world. Very few babies have adverse reactions to this vaccine. If your baby does you should discuss this with your doctor. Outbreaks in neighbouring countries underline the importance of this vaccine in a South African context.

See also:

Immunisation - Age of baby

Immunisation - Controversy

Immunisation - Chicken Pox

Immunisation - Diphtheria

Immunisation - German Measles

Immunisation - Hepatitis A

Immunisation - Hepatitis B

Immunisation - Hib Disease

Immunisation - How does it work

Immunisation - Measles

Immunisation - Mumps

Immunisation - Pertussis

Immunisation - Reducing impact on baby

Immunisation - Rubella

Immunisation - Safety

Immunisation - Schedule

Immunisation - Tetanus

Immunisation - Tuberculosis

Immunisation - Varicella

Immunisation - Whooping cough


 
   
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