Poliorix is an injectable vaccine indicated for immunization against 3 types of Polioviruses and protect children from age 2 months onwards against Poliomyelitis.
Infants should receive at least three doses of IPV at minimum intervals of 4 weeks in the first 6 months of life. IPV can be administered along with the other routine childhood vaccines and also as a combination vaccine. IPV can be given safely and effectively at the same time as measles, mumps, rubella, BCG and yellow fever vaccines and vitamin A supplementation.
If IPV is started at 6 weeks of age and 3 doses are given at less than 8 weeks interval, a booster dose is recommended at 9 months of age or in 2nd year of life for optimum protection.
PoliorixTM is given as a deep intramuscular injection. In infants it is given in anterolateral aspect of the thigh and in older children and adults, it is given in deltoid muscle.
For latest IAP updates see revised immunization schedule.
Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)
Poliorix should not be administered to children with known hypersensitivity or previous episodes of allergies after receiving the vaccine.