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Oral Polio Vaccine

The oral polio vaccine (OPV) was the orally administered immunization that was later replaced by the enhanced inactivated poliovirus vaccine (eIPV), due to its higher chances of contracting poliovirus. However, there are still a few situations where OPV is still indicated, such as if a child is traveling in the near future to a location where the polio virus still exists, parents are refusing to inject a further dose of vaccine, or in a larger campaign where there are chances of a mass outbreak.

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What precaution should I take for my 15-month-old kid before getting the pending vaccination?

Query: Hello doctor, My 15-month-old daughter underwent coarctation surgery at nine months. Her vaccines since then are pending, which include MMR, OPV, hepatitis, etc. As per the vaccination schedule, she last received a vaccine at seven months. As a post-surgical procedure, she is put on hypertension co...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are as follows: You can give one dose of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and hepatitis right now, followed by OPV (oral polio vaccine) one month later. If taking IPV, it can be given right away. A month after OPV, the rest of the vacc...  Read Full »

Do I require a booster for the vaccines had in childhood?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a photographer and would likely venture into so many remote areas. I will obtain appropriate malaria prophylaxis before traveling to remote areas and have a large supply of DEET and Permethrin mosquito repellent. I want to be sure that I am up-to-date with all of my vaccines and that...  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate your attention to your health and the steps you've taken to stay protected. Considering the vaccines you've already received, I would recommend getting the typhoid and pneumococcal vaccine to further safeguard your health. Since you've completed most of the ...  Read Full »

What is the schedule of the PCV vaccine and the OPV drops?

Query: Hi doctor,The vaccination for my 2-month-old daughter is scheduled for tomorrow. I am confused about the PCV vaccine. Some immunization cards say PCV2 has to be given in two months, and some say it should be given in three months. My second question is regarding OPV2 drops.Kindly guide me on an appr...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. 1. I assume you are asking about the Pneumococcal vaccine ( PCV) schedule. 2. It is recommended at six weeks PCV1 (1.5 months), 10 Weeks PCV2 (2.5 months ), 14 weeks PCV3 (3.5 months), and a booster dose at 15 months (total of four shots). ...  Read Full »

Do my 21-month-old's recent vaccines need to be repeated due to storage at an incorrect temperature?

Query: Hello doctor, I was recently told that my 21-month-old son needed to repeat his three most recent vaccines, including polio, DTAP, and the flu shot. However, the provider informed me that the fridge which held the vaccines was not cold enough, so my son is only considered to have a partial dose. Sho...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Repeating the vaccine may be required in this case because we are not sure if the vaccines that the child has taken were at 100 % efficacy or lesser because of the non-maintenance of the cold chain. The fridge temperature is checked daily, but in some cases, it may s...  Read Full »

My 5-month-old baby missed his polio vaccination. What should I do now?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 5 months old. He has not received polio drop vaccinations as I was unaware. What should I do now?  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Polio vaccination is generally done with the scheduled vaccination. If you have visited your doctor at six weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks of vaccination, he must have vaccinated the child for polio as well. Still, if you feel it has not been done, visit a pediatrician fo...  Read Full »

I want to know if giving oral polio vaccine (OPV) is safe 15 days after inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, Is it safe to give oral polio vaccine (OPV) within 15 days after providing a dose of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanmugam. A

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. OPV (oral polio vaccine) is a safe vaccine. Since providing OPV is a national program, I advise you to give it. IPV is a 100 % effective vaccine, and it has to be given in a course. IPV gives 100 % protection after completion of the course. It is...  Read Full »

Does a newborn screening test is necessary?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is pregnant, and the expected due date is in twenty days. I heard about newborn screening test, is it essential? Because it costs a lot. And please guide us about the medication and vaccination, after the baby's birth.  Read Full »


Dr. Sathawane Aparna Mulchand

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The newborn screening test is not mandatory at all. It is advisable when a family has some known genetic or metabolic disorder. Do not cord blood banking. A newborn baby does not require any medicines, except mother's milk. But, some drops of multivitamin and calcium ar...  Read Full »

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