Polio is also called Poliomyelitis. It is a viral infection causing Paralysis and is easily preventable by the Polio vaccine.
Polio is transmitted through contaminated water or food, or contact with an infected person.

Fewer than 5 thousand cases are recorded per year.

  • Preventable by the vaccine.
  • Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.
  • Spreads through contaminated food or water.
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, fever, wasting of muscles, muscle weakness.


  1. OPV (Oral Poliomyelitis vaccine) WHO recommended vaccine- oral suspension
  2. drops per dose – administered in 4 doses- At birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks, and at 14 weeks
  3. IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine) – Given in the US since 2000 Given by shot in the arm or leg