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Polio (Poliomyelitis) Vaccines

The polio (poliomyelitis) vaccine is combined with other vaccines, so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.  


Polio-containing vaccines are provided for free as part of routine immunizations in British Columbia. 

For more information about the vaccines, who should get them, the benefits and possible reactions, click on the links below to go to the specific
HealthLink BC files. 

DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b) 

  • For children under the age of 7 years starting their immunizations in February 2009 or later
  • Three doses
  • Usually given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age

DTaP-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b)

  • Booster dose generally given at 18 months of age for toddlers who have completed a primary 3 dose infant series with any DTaP-IPV-Hib containing product.

DTaP-IPV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio) 

  • One dose for children 4 to 6 years of age
  • Given as children start school

IPV (Polio)

  • Recommended for unimmunized adults who are at higher risk of exposure to polioviruses
  • HealthLink BC file

For information regarding the polio disease please refer to Diseases and Conditions.

Last Updated: August 21, 2014