The polio vaccine protects against infection from all 3 types of polio virus. While most polio infections show no symptoms, others can result in paralysis of arms or legs and even death. Polio is now rare in BC because of routine immunization programs, but it is still important to get immunized to ensure it stays this way.
Vaccines are very safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get polio.
The polio vaccine is provided free in BC. It is given to infants and children as part of their routine immunizations. The vaccine is combined with other vaccines, so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.
Several different vaccines are used to prevent polio:
*Click on the link for more information about the vaccine, including the benefits, possible reactions after the vaccine and who should not get the vaccine.
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If you're a health care provider looking for information on immunization, please visit the Health Professionals section of the BCCDC website. There you can find clinical resources, immunization courses, print resources for patients and more.
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