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How Does IPOL Work?

Simply stated, the IPOL vaccine "tricks" the body into thinking it has been exposed to an actual polio infection, without the risk of an actual infection. The vaccine contains three different strains of polio virus that have been "inactivated" (killed). These viruses cannot cause polio. The body produces antibodies that will help fight infection if future exposure occurs.
Because polio enters the body through the digestive system, IPOL is not as good as the oral polio vaccine for preventing the virus from infecting the digestive tract. Such an infection would be harmless to the individual, but could still be spread to other people.

However, because the oral polio vaccine (which is a live vaccine) can rarely actually cause polio, IPOL is currently recommended instead of the oral vaccine in the United States.

Off-Label IPOL Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend IPOL for something other than the uses discussed in this article. At this time, however, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for IPOL.
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