Poliovirus Vaccine (Inactivated) in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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Vaccine, Poliovirus Inactivated
Inactivated virus vaccine.

No adverse effects have been reported among pregnant women or their fetuses. However, vaccine should be used only if the potential benefits of vaccination outweigh potential risks to the fetus[1]. Recommended for women at increased risk of exposure [2].
BREAST FEEDING: Compatible[3,4].


1. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Poliomyelitis Prevention in the United States: Introduction of a Sequential Vaccination Schedule of Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine Followed by Oral Poliovirus Vaccine: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 46 (No. RR-3): 18, 1997.
2. ACOG Committee Opinion. Immunization during pregnancy.Obstet Gynecol. 2003 ;101:207-12.MEDLINE
3. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. General Recommendations on Immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 43 (No. RR-1): 20-21, 1994.
4.Breastfeeding and Maternal Medication. Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model list of Essential Drugs. pp 23-24 World Health Organization, 2002. 20 Avenue Appia ,1211 Geneva ,Switzerland
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Created: 11/27/2002
Last Update: 11/30/2003

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