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- Feb 09 2017
What is Poliomyelitis?
Poliomyelitis or Polio is a highly infectious viral disease which attacks the nervous system usually resulting in permanent paralysis. Polio has no cure yet, but it can be very well prevented. Children under the age of five and newborn babies are the most vulnerable victims of polio which results in a drastically hampered future.
The virus that causes polio dwells in the throat or intestinal tract of humans and thrives in poor sanitary conditions. People with weak immunity and people who haven’t been immunized when exposed to an infected person or contaminated areas are most likely to be affected by the polio virus.
The two types of widely used vaccine for protection against polio are
- IPV – Inactivated Polio-virus vaccine injection
- OPV -Oral Polio-virus vaccine drops.
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