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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?

You should talk to a healthcare provider before your child receives IPV (inactivated polio vaccine) if your child has:
  • 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.
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about any medications your child is taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific IPV Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to receiving the IPV vaccine include the following:
  • 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®).
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