What increases my risk for polio?

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Your risk for polio greatly increases if you have not received the polio vaccine. In the United States, children are vaccinated for polio before they reach school age. If you are over 18, have not been vaccinated, and are not traveling to area still affected by polio, it is not necessary for you to receive the vaccine because your risk of getting polio drops as an adult. However, if you are in areas that experience polio outbreaks, the vaccine as well as a vaccine booster is recommended. If you are not vaccinated and you live in an area affected by polio, your risk increases if you have a suppressed immune system, if you are a child, if you are pregnant, or if you are a caregiver to a person with the virus.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

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