Highly infectious disease caused by a virus that can lead to paralysis, difficulty breathing, and even death. It is spread through contact with the faeces (stool) of an infected person and can also be transmitted through contaminated food and water.
The best way to prevent polio is to get vaccinated.
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There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented through vaccination. The polio vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect against the disease.
There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented through vaccination. The polio vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect against the disease. It is given as a series of injections, usually in the arm or leg. Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is the most common type of vaccine used globally and in the UK it has been used for routine vaccinations since 2004. It is given as a shot and contains inactivated (dead) poliovirus.
Polio was once a global health threat, with cases reported in over 125 countries. However, thanks to widespread vaccination efforts, polio has been eliminated from most of the world. In 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which aims to completely eliminate the disease.
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