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The IPV vaccine may not be suitable for everyone; for example, you should not get vaccinated if you have had a serious reaction to any components of IPV or currently have a moderate-to-severe illness (including high fever). Precautions and warning with IPV also apply to people with an immune-suppressing condition, such as AIDS.
IPV: What Should I Tell the Healthcare Provider?
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine before
- A moderate-to-severe illness
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Specific IPV Warnings and Precautions
- Make sure the healthcare provider knows if your child has ever had any serious reactions to any vaccines before.
- If your child has an immune-suppressing condition, the vaccine may not be as effective as usual for protection against polio.
- IPV can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With IPV).
- IPV is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means it is unknown if it is safe for use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of receiving this vaccine when pregnant. It should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed for women at high risk for a polio infection.
- This vaccine is generally considered safe for use during breastfeeding.
- Additional warnings and precautions may apply to IPV combination vaccines (Kinrix®, Pediarix®, and Pentacel®).