Polio Vaccine Recommendations

Routine childhood vaccination and recommendations for adults and special populations

The best way to protect everyone from polio is to maintain high immunity against poliovirus in the population through vaccination.

There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented with safe and effective vaccination.

  • Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is the only polio vaccine that has been given in the United States since 2000. It is given by shot in the arm or leg, depending on the person’s age.
  • Oral polio vaccine (OPV) is used in some countries.

What Everyone Should Know

For Healthcare Professionals

Page last reviewed: August 19, 2022