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What is a poliomyelitis vaccine?

Poliomyelitis vaccine is no longer available in the United States.

A poliomyelitis vaccine is a prescription vaccine used to prevent polio, a highly contagious viral infection. Polio can affect the nervous system and can cause paralysis, muscle weakness, and problems with breathing. The vaccine contains a small dose of inactive polio bacteria which aids the body in developing immunity to the disease.

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