Even though vaccination schedules will vary for IPOL, dosage recommendations are the same. The standard dose for this vaccine is 0.5 mg injected intramuscularly or subcutaneously. Ideally, the first dose is given at 2 months of age, the second at 4 months, and the third dose at 6 to 18 months. The final IPOL vaccination is given at 4 to 6 years of age.
What Is the Standard Dose of IPOL?
There is only one standard dosage for IPOL® (inactivated polio vaccine), although the vaccination schedule may vary, depending on the age and vaccination history of the individual.
Preferred IPOL Schedule
The standard IPOL dose is 0.5 mL injected intramuscularly (into a muscle) or subcutaneously (under the skin). The ideal vaccination schedule for IPOL is as follows:
- First dose -- 2 months old
- Second dose -- 4 months old
- Third dose -- 6 to 18 months old
- Fourth dose -- 4 to 6 years old.
The first dose can be given as early as six weeks of age, and there should be at least four weeks in between the doses.
IPOL is an inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). In addition to IPOL, IPV is available in combination vaccines that contain IPOL along with other routine vaccinations. Sometimes, a child who is given such combination vaccines may receive all four doses of an IPV before the age of four. If this happens, an additional fifth dose is recommended at four to six years of age.
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.