Poliomyelitis, commonly known as polio is an infectious disease caused by polio virus. It moves from the gut to affect the central nervous system and result to muscle weakening that cause flaccid. It is a life threatening and disabling disease. The virus spreads from person to person and can infect a person’s spinal cord ending up with paralysis. It is important for everyone to get polio vaccine and booster.
The Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)
It is essential to protect and save lives of all children against polio. Up to the present the cure for polio is not discovered, it can only be prevented through immunization. OPV us safe and effective in providing protection against polio virus. It is safe for every child to take four or more doses of OPV. It was designed to be taken multiple times for children, to secure their protection against the virus. It is also safe to give for sick children, no harm and side effects. Sick and new born children should be immunized, they have higher risk to have the virus because of their low level immune system.
Over the last 20 years, this vaccine has saved 5 million people against permanent paralysis caused by polio virus, says WHO. By just simply letting your child take the OPV, you’re doing your part by making sure that they are free from paralysis virus.