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Recommendations and Reports
May 19, 2000/Vol 49/No. RR

Poliomyelitis Prevention in the United States
Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

These recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for poliomyelitis prevention replace those issued in 1997. As of January 1, 2000, ACIP recommends exclusive use of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) for routine childhood polio vaccination in the United States. All children should receive four doses of IPV at ages 2, 4, and 6-18 months and 4-6 years. Oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) should be used only in certain circumstances, which are detailed in these recommendations.

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