You should not receive this vaccine if you have had an allergic reaction to poliovirus vaccine, neomycin, streptomycin, or polymyxin B. If you have a serious illness with fever, wait until you are well before receiving this vaccine.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
In infants and small children, the shot is usually given in the thigh. In adults, the shot is usually given in the upper arm.
In children, a total of 4 shots of polio vaccine are given. The shots are usually given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years of age.
This vaccine is not usually given to adults over the age of 18 living in the United States unless they may be exposed to polioviruses. If you are an adult receiving this vaccine, your doctor will tell you how many shots you need and when you should receive them.
If a dose is missed:
Try not to be late for a scheduled shot.
Make another appointment as soon as possible if you miss your scheduled shot.