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Is there a cure for polio?

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There's no cure for polio, but a vaccine allows your body to fight off the virus.

Before the vaccine became available in the 1950s, the virus paralyzed thousands of people each year. By the 1970s, because many people had the vaccine, there were fewer than 10 cases of polio in the U.S. The U.S. is now polio-free, though travelers can still bring it into this country.

From: What Is Polio? WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC: "What is Polio?" "Polio Vaccination," Polio Elimination in the U.S." "About Acute Flaccid Myelitis," "Causes and Prevention of AFM," "Global Health: Our Progress Against Polio."

Mayo Clinic: "Polio."

Cleveland Clinic: "Polio."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 13, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "What is Polio?" "Polio Vaccination," Polio Elimination in the U.S." "About Acute Flaccid Myelitis," "Causes and Prevention of AFM," "Global Health: Our Progress Against Polio."

Mayo Clinic: "Polio."

Cleveland Clinic: "Polio."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 13, 2019

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