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How long should you wait between polio vaccine doses?

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If you have never been vaccinated against polio, you should get three doses of IPV:

If you have had one or two doses of polio vaccine in the past you should get the remaining one or two doses. It doesn't matter how long it has been since the earlier dose or doses.

  • The first dose at any time
  • The second dose 1 to 2 months later
  • The third dose 6 to 12 months after the second

From: Polio Vaccine (IPV) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC web site: "Program in Brief: 'Global Polio Eradication;" "Polio Disease - Questions and Answers;" and "Polio Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Polio Vaccine Questions and Answers."

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Polio immunization (vaccine)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC web site: "Program in Brief: 'Global Polio Eradication;" "Polio Disease - Questions and Answers;" and "Polio Vaccine: What You Need to Know."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Polio Vaccine Questions and Answers."

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia: "Polio immunization (vaccine)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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