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), INFANRIX hexa™
For children under the age of 7 years starting their immunizations in February 2009 or later
Usually given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age
DTaP-IPV-Hib (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b), PEDIACEL®
- For children under the age of 5 years and starting their immunizations before February 2009
- Four doses
- Usually given at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months of age
- Given as a booster shot for children who received 3 doses of DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib (Infanrix-hexa™)
- Usually given at 18 months of age
- HealthLinkBC file
DTaP-IPV (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio), QUADRACEL®
IPV (Polio), IMOVAX® 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.