Polio is a very contagious disease — it spreads easily from person to person. Most people who get polio don’t have any serious problems. But in some cases, polio can be very dangerous and lead to permanent disabilities — and even death. Even though it’s rare in the United States, polio still exists.
Polio usually spreads when someone gets certain body fluids or fecal matter from a person with polio on their hands and then touches their own mouth.
All children need 4 doses of IPV (inactivated polio virus vaccine) as part of their routine vaccine schedule.
Most adults do not need IPV because they were already vaccinated against polio as children. But some adults are at higher risk and should consider polio vaccination. These higher-risk adults may need 1 to 3 doses of IPV, depending on how many doses they have had in the past.
A Note from Northwest Pharmacy
Prior to vaccines being administered, we require you to complete our Vaccination Consent Form. You can fill this form out at the pharmacy or, to save time, you can print the form, fill it out at home and bring it in with you.
If you choose to download and sign our Vaccination Consent Form – you agree to review the current Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for the intended vaccine and understand the benefits/risk of intended vaccine before signing. Our pharmacists will gladly answer any questions you have when you come in for your vaccination.
View Current VISs for vaccines offered by Northwest Pharmacy HERE