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The Polio vaccine with a dead vaccine is recommended by the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) for all infants, children and adolescents. People with missing or incomplete vaccinations are strongly advised to do so or to complete them. Adults who have received a complete primary vaccination with a booster dose are considered to be fully immunized. Find out more about the polio vaccine here.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. A80ArtikelübersichtPolio vaccination

  • importance
  • vaccines
  • Vaccination schedule
  • Term of protection
  • Vaccine reactions and side effects
  • Polio vaccine: Contraindications

Polio vaccine: meaning

Polio vaccine is the only effective protection against polio. Although the disease no longer occurs in Germany, polio diseases are occasionally introduced by international travel. Therefore, poliomyelitis vaccination is still important.

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Polio vaccine: vaccines

From the 1960s to 1998, the polio vaccine was in Germany as Schluckimpfung (OPV = oral polio vaccine) administered. The live vaccine contained attenuated polio viruses and was administered on a piece of sugar. Since the oral vaccine occasionally led to a disease outbreak (annually one or two cases of paralytic poliomyelitis), the Standing Vaccination Committee (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute changed the vaccination recommendations in 1998: Since then, only one vaccine for the polio vaccine inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) used as an injection that can not cause any disease. The trivalent polio vaccine is a dead vaccine, so it contains only killed polio pathogens, all three types (hence "trivalent").

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Polio vaccine: vaccination scheme

Poliomyelitis vaccination is performed in infancy as part of primary immunization along with five other standard vaccinations. The six-fold vaccine includes vaccines against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B. This combination vaccine is administered in four partial vaccinations: the first dose is given from the 2nd month of age, the second dose to the 3rd month of age , the third dose from the completed 4th month of life and the fourth at the end of the first year of life (11th to 14th month of life).

If the polio vaccine is administered alone (as a monovalent vaccine) and not as a combination vaccine with other vaccines, patients will receive two or three vaccines in the first and second year of life respectively for the primary vaccination.

Refreshing the polio vaccine

The Robert Koch Institute recommends that the polio vaccine be refreshed once between the ages of nine and 17 years. At the same time, the vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough are usually also refreshed.

After the age of 18, a routine polio-vaccine refresher is no longer recommended. Another dose of vaccine is recommended only for the following adult who has had their last boost more than 10 years ago:

  • Travelers to countries at risk of infection (take note of the latest World Health Organization (WHO) reports)
  • Medical staff who have close contact with polio sufferers
  • Staff in laboratories with poliomyelitis risk
  • Resettlers, refugees and asylum seekers in community facilities when they have arrived from regions with polio risk
  • Personnel of said facilities

Missing or incomplete primary immunization

If a child has received no or not all of the four partial vaccinations of the primary vaccination as a child or the vaccinations have not been documented, the polio vaccine should be made up or completed. More detailed information can be obtained from your doctor.

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Polio vaccine: protection duration

A fully immunized person is one who has received a complete primary vaccination and booster dose.

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