WHAT IS IT ?
Polio (poliomyelitis) is a virus infection spread from person to person through contact with particles from coughing and sneezing.
Most people will recover from the infection, but some will be paralyzed and others may die.
WHERE IS IT FOUND ?
Polio is found in parts of Africa, the middle east and the subcontinent region.
In most other parts of the world Polio has been eradicated through strong vaccination efforts.
HOW TO PREVENT IT ?
Get vaccinated. Polio vaccine is safe and effective.
There is no treatment for Polio virus.
Frequent hand washing is important to stop spread from contact infected people.
A booster (extra) vaccination is important for travellers to areas of risk.
Polio Vaccine in Toronto
Polio is a virus infection spread from person to person. Most people infected with polio will recover, however some may become paralyzed and even die. Most Canadian travelers have been vaccinated against polio during their childhood. However their immunity against polio falls as they get older. Therefore travelers to areas of the world where polio cases are still reported should consider getting a booster dose of polio vaccine prior to travel.
Patients who have had life-threatening allergic reactions to the antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin, and polymyxin B should not receive polio vaccine.
Side effects from the polio vaccine are limited to a sore spot at the site of the injection in some people.
Polio Boosters Are Recommended for Travelers Visiting the Following Countries:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sierra Leone
To get your Polio vaccine call the GTA Travel Clinic and Vaccination Centre at 905 303 1900. We cover the Toronto, Richmond Hill and Woodbridge areas for Polio Vaccine.
Please note: The information in this document is provided for general information purposes only. Nothing takes the place of speaking with a travel doctor. This information and your receipt thereof is not intended to be, nor shall be deemed to be, informed consent by you to any medical care or treatment whatsoever. Please consult our doctors at the GTA Travel Clinic and Vaccination Centre for a proper medical assessment.
Polio vaccine is a benefit of O.H.I.P only for children.
If you have private health insurance through work or school you may be covered for vaccines. With your payment we will provide you with an invoice (with the unique Drug Identification Number for each vaccine) so you can claim your expenses back from your insurance company.
Insurance companies will require Drug Identification Numbers for each vaccine in order to reimburse you.
Click here to find the names and phone numbers of major Insurance Companies.