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Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system. Many infected people have no symptoms, but do excrete the virus in their faeces, hence transmitting infection to others. Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. Polio can only be prevented by immunization.

IPV Training Modules

The following training modules and communication documents are available to support the countries of the Americas with introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and provide front-line health workers with skills needed to administer IPV and communicate with caregivers and communities about polio and IPV.
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Brief on IPV Introduction, OPV Withdrawal, and Routine Immunization Strengthening

This document outlines steps for IPV Introduction, OPV Withdrawal, and Routine Immunization Strengthening

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Background and Technical Rationale for Introduction of one dose of Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in Routine Immunization Schedule

A handbook for training regional consultants and briefing NITAG members on technical aspects related to introduction of IPV as it relates to the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan.

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Practical Guide: Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) Introduction

Practical Guide: Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) Introduction

In May 2012, the World Health Assembly declared the completion of polio eradication as a "programmatic emergency for global public health", and in January 2013, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) approved the targets, goals, and timelines of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018.

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FAQs on the Introduction of Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV)

iconFrequently Asked Questions on the Introduction of IPV 

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IPV Training Modules

The following training modules and communication documents are available to support the countries of the Americas with introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) and provide front-line health workers with skills needed to administer IPV and communicate with caregivers and communities about polio and IPV.

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