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What Is IPV Used For?

The IPV vaccine can provide protection against polio, a once-common and life-threatening disease. It is typically given to children, but can be given to adults who are traveling to areas of the world where polio is still common and to laboratory or healthcare workers who might come into contact with the virus. At this time, this is the only thing IPV is used for.

An Overview of IPV Uses

IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) is a routine childhood vaccination used to prevent poliomyelitis (known more commonly as simply "polio"). It provides excellent protection against polio paralysis without the risk of actually causing the disease, which was a problem with the previous oral polio vaccine.

IPV and Polio Eradication

Polio was once a common and much-feared disease in the United States. It caused death and paralysis in thousands of Americans. However, as the result of widespread use of the polio vaccine, there has not been a single case of "wild" (naturally occurring) polio in the United States in more than 20 years.
These days, parents might wonder why their children should be vaccinated against polio, since the disease has been eradicated from the United States. However, polio still occurs in some parts of the world, and it is important to continue vaccinating children until the disease is completely eradicated from the entire world.

If we stopped vaccinating our children against polio, it would take just one case to potentially cause a devastating outbreak in the United States.
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