I’ve heard about a recent polio outbreak in the U.S.? What do I need to do to keep my kids safe?

Q: I heard there is a polio outbreak in the U.S.  What should we know? Should my child be vaccinated?

By Dr. Ayala Wegman

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Ayala Wegman is a clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.  She has two young boys and deeply enjoys caring for her community at NYU-Langone Global Pediatrics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where she resides. We are proud to introduce Ayala as our All About The Mom resident pediatrician. You will find her advice in our Ask a Doc section.

Q: I heard there is a polio outbreak in the U.S.  What should we know? Should my child be vaccinated? Or is it too late?

 

A: It is incredibly important to ensure that everyone who is due for a polio vaccine receives it in a timely fashion.

What once was eradicated has now been detected in wastewater of certain regions of NY.  There is no cure for polio virus and the paralysis that may result from it is permanent.

See the most recent updates from the New York State Department of Health

You should know: In the U.S.A., the inactivated polio vaccine is readily available.

This is an incredibly safe and highly effective vaccination.  A child typically receives their polio vaccinations at 2 mo, 4mo, 6mo, and 4 years.  The third shot gives them upwards of 99-100% protection against contracting the virus. It is not too late to catch up with the vaccine if you are off schedule. Keeping timely visits with your pediatrician will enable your child to be as protected as soon as possible.

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