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Poliomyelitis vaccination (Polio)

Poliomyelitis vaccination (Polio)

It’s a highly contagious viral infection that mainly affects children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food or water. After multiplying in the intestine, it invades the nervous system.

In many cases, the infection remains asymptomatic, but affected individuals nevertheless excrete the virus in their faeces and can therefore transmit polio to others.

Initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiff neck and aching limbs. In a small number of cases, poliomyelitis leads to paralysis, which is often permanent. Vaccination is the only means of prevention.

Polio mainly affects children under the age of 5. As there is no cure, prevention is the only option. The polio vaccine, given several times, provides lifelong protection.