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IPOL Schedule for Older Children and Adults

For children and adolescents 4 to 17 years of age who have never received the polio vaccine, three doses are recommended. The first two should be given at least 4 to 8 weeks apart, and the third dose should be given 6 to 12 months after the second dose.
 
Routine polio vaccination for adults (ages 18 and older) is not currently recommended, except for people in the following groups:
 
  • People traveling to areas of the world where polio is still common
  • Laboratory workers who might come into contact with the polio virus
  • Healthcare providers who might come into contact with individuals with polio.
     
The vaccine schedule for adults is exactly the same as for children and adolescents 4 to 17 years of age.
 

General Information on Dosing With IPOL

Some considerations for people taking IPOL include the following:
 
  • This vaccine can be used to complete the entire polio vaccination series. It is no longer recommended to start with IPOL for the first doses and finish with the oral polio vaccine for the last doses, as was recommended in the past. IPOL is safer than the oral vaccine, which is no longer recommended for use in the United States.
     
  • The IPOL dosage can be injected either into a muscle (intramuscularly) or just under the skin (subcutaneously).
     
  • Individuals can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or IPOL dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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