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Vaccines: Polio (IPV)
Polio is very uncommon today, thanks to a very effective vaccine called IPV (or inactivated poliovirus vaccine). Though it’s very rare now, it’s still important to protect your baby, because this disease is not totally gone. Your baby will get a shot to protect against polio at three different checkups during the first year: 2 months, 4 months, and a final dose between 6-18 months.
Polio is a disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestines. It can cause paralysis, leading to permanent disability and can even be life-threatening.
Visit the CDC for more information on Polio and the IPV vaccine.