Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) And Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (BOPV) FAQs

Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) And Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (BOPV) FAQs

Q: What is Polio?

A: Poliomyelitis (Polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children younger than 5 years old are more likely to contract the virus than any other group

Q: At what age do children usually receive the Polio Vaccine?

A:  The first dose of the polio vaccine is given in the form of the Inactivated Polio  Vaccine (IPV) which is then followed by the Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) which  is given to children at 2, 4 and 6 months, and a booster is given at 18 months and 3 years 9 months. This completes the primary coverage.

Q: What are the side effects of these vaccines?

A: There are hardly any side effects of these vaccines, but children can develop a mild fever.

Q: Where can children receive these vaccines?

A: The Vaccines are given to children at the Child Health clinic at their Health centre or at the Ministry of Public Health’s Vaccination Centre

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