Inactivated Poliovirus vaccine (IPV) protects against the poliovirus. Polio is a serious illness that can cause paralysis and death. Inactivated polio vaccine should not be given to children with allergies to neomycin, streptomycin, or polymoxin B.

Immunization schedule—The inactivated poliovirus vaccine is administered as follows:

  • Dose 1 at 2 months of age
  • Dose 2 at 4 months of age
  • Dose 3 at 6–18 months of age
  • Dose 4 at 4–6 years of age (before entering school)

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 27 Aug 2008

Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015