What is polio?
Polio is caused by a virus. Most often, it is transmitted through direct contact with someone who has the virus, but some people get it through food and water. Polio can live outside the body for a long time, so a sneeze or a cough can carry the virus from one person to another. There is no way to cure the virus that causes polio. It can only be prevented by immunization.
What about the vaccine?
Most people in the United States have never seen a case of polio (full name: poliomyelitis) because the polio vaccine has stopped this illness from being a major problem. Even so, polio has not been entirely destroyed and is why the CDC urges children to be vaccinated to protect them from this devastating illness.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NMAH | Polio: The Iron Lung and Other Equipment. Available at: https://amhistory.si.edu/polio/howpolio/ironlung.html. (Accessed: 20th June 2016)
Vaccines: VPD-VAC/Polio/main page. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/polio/default.html. (Accessed: 18th June 2016)
WHO | Poliomyelitis (polio). WHO Available at: https://www.who.int/topics/poliomyelitis/en/. (Accessed: 18th June 2016)
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