I was talking to a dr about vaxes and he mentioned (for the 2nd time) that if he would recommend one vaccine it would be polio.
I believe his rationale is that it is a single- killed vax, thus less of a reaction risk, but I was surprised because I feel like the risk of getting polio is pretty low to just not happening. Maybe he thinks that I'm just wary about vaxes because of reactions?
If polio starts a comeback in the US, I realize, technically I suppose we could be really unlucky and be at the center of the comeback and be the first to 'catch' it in our family- but that scenario is HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY unlikely, especially since we don't' really have a lot of exposure to people that are globe trotting, for one example. If polio starts a comeback it would probably be something that was caught by the CDC tracking and I feel like we would have some time to make a decision about vaxing.
What am I missing??
Every so often Polio comes up and people often really freak out about it. After learning about polio and how 'successful' the vaccine was it seemed clear that a lot of people feel like we have wiped it out in the US and the only danger is from people bringing it to the US- which should be fairly well controlled by our border laws/travel requirements. But then, on the other hand, people seem to have a very strong feeling that everyone being vaxed is a necessity to keep it in control. Those 2 sides just don't make sense.
Another question, do we even know if the adults in the population are actually still immune to polio from their vaxes?
One of our last doctor seemed to agree that he didn't feel like Polio was a high risk, unless we were traveling.
I remember quipping-- 'I wonder if they would consider removing it from the schedule, tracking it (as the already do) and adding it to travel guidelines- it could always go back on the schedule if there was a threat of recurrence??' and he didn't really seem horrified by that idea. Maybe he was just being polite.
Again, just wondering what I am missing.