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Poliovirus Vaccine for injection

What is this medicine?

INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE, IPV (in AK tuh vey ted POH lee oh vahy ruhs vak SEEN) is used to prevent infections of polio.

How should I use this medicine?

This vaccine is for injection into a muscle or under the skin. It is given by a health care professional.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 weeks of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • extreme changes in behavior

  • fever over 101 degrees F

  • inconsolable crying for 3 hours or more

  • seizures

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bruising, pain, swelling at site where injected

  • fussy

  • loss of appetite

  • low-grade fever

  • sleepy

  • vomiting

What may interact with this medicine?

  • adalimumab

  • anakinra

  • infliximab

  • medicines that suppress your immune system

  • medicines to treat cancer

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What if I miss a dose?

Keep appointments for follow-up (booster) doses as directed. It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • immune system problems

  • infection with fever

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to poliovirus vaccine, 2-phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde, neomycin, streptomycin and polymyxin B, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Contact your doctor or health care professional and seek emergency medical care if any serious side effects occur.

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 7/21/2009
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