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Polio Vaccine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Polio Vaccine Polio, IPV, Infanrix-IPV+Hib, Pentaxim,Infanrix Hexa, Hexaxim Adult, Children

Polio Vaccine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Polio Vaccine cause?

Common side effects include:

  • ​Some people may feel faint after the vaccination
    • Sit for 15 minutes to avoid fainting
  • Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
    • You may place a cold compress over the affected area for relief
    • You may take paracetamol for pain relief

Please see a doctor if these side effects do not get better or become worse.

Rare but serious side effects include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should inform your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Polio Vaccine, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this vaccine or any of the other ingredients of this vaccine, including antibiotics neomycin, streptomycin or polymyxin B
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications
  • You had an adverse reaction to the previous dose of the vaccination
  • You are currently not feeling well and having a fever
  • You have a history of bleeding disorders

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Polio Vaccine?

Polio Vaccine - Additional Information

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