Upcoming Polio Vaccine Clinic Dates
Clinics will be by appointment only. Please call (845) 291-2330.
|September 14th||1:15pm-3:30pm||18 Seward Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940|
|September 20th||9:30am-3:30pm||130 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550|
What is polio?
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the fecal-oral route or, less frequently, contaminated water or food. It multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis.
What are the symptoms of polio?
Most people who get infected with poliovirus will not have any visible symptoms.
A smaller proportion of people with poliovirus infection will develop serious symptoms that affect the brain and spinal cord:
Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio, because it can lead to permanent disability and death. Between 2 and 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die, because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe.
Poliovirus only infects people. It enters the body through the mouth. It spreads through:
You can get infected with poliovirus if:
An infected person can spread the virus to others immediately before and up to 2 weeks after symptoms appear.
There are two types of vaccine that can prevent polio:
Polio vaccine protects children by preparing their bodies to fight the poliovirus. Almost all children (more than 99 percent) who get all the recommended doses of the inactivated polio vaccine will be protected from polio.
It is also very important to practice good hand hygiene and wash hands often with soap and water. Note that alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not kill poliovirus.
Is the polio virus circulating in the county?
Wastewater samples taken from Orange County between June and August 2022 had detectable polio virus. At this time, the County is continuing to conduct surveillance activities to determine if the virus is circulating.
How can we stop the virus from circulating?
Circulation only happens or continues IF OVERALL VACCINATION RATES REMAIN LOW. If the community has sufficient immunized individuals, the polio virus cannot circulate. This is how the poliovirus was eradicated in our country.
As such, community members should seek to get immunized immediately if they are not yet vaccinated. This step will protect both the person getting vaccinated and our community.
Who should get vaccinated?
Those who are unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or unsure, should arrange for vaccination immediately.