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<p>I was looking through my book, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child to review some of the symptoms of the VAD's and natural treatments. I came across Polio and read that unvaccinated children have to be careful of children who have been recently vaccinated where they can be exposed to fecal matter since the virus sheds in the stools for up to 8 weeks. Now I thought this would be the case with the live vaccine but that wouldn't be the case with the current vaccine right? Is the info in this book outdated or is the info correct? We live across from our community pool and the book mentioned swimming pools as a possible source of picking up this virus.</p>
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<p>I am still undecided regarding my beliefs regarding polio. I know there is much controversy surrounding this disease and its causes.</p>
 

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<p>That's the case for oral polio vaccine, but not injectable. Oral vaccine is no longer used in the U.S. but it is still used in some other parts of the world.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>amnesiac</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281563/can-the-polio-vaccine-shed#post_16070862"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>That's the case for oral polio vaccine, but not injectable. Oral vaccine is no longer used in the U.S. but it is still used in some other parts of the world.</p>
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<br><br><p>Are you saying that the oral polio vaccine causes the virus to shed in stool but the current injectable vaccine in the US does not shed?</p>
 

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<p>I just had this conversation with my son's Ped yesterday. YES, the OPV sheds in stool but IPV does not.</p>
<p>The locals here in the UAE all get OPV, so the only vax that I'm 100% decided on getting for my son at this point is the IPV.</p>
<p>It is important to recognize that while the US uses the IPV many, many countries don't. So if unvaxed LOs are travelling or coming across visitors or immigrants who may have recently gotten the OPV or been exposed to someone that has, that's a small risk.</p>
 

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<p>The only cases of polio in North America since 1979 have been associated with the OPV.  </p>
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<p>See Lena Shaffer in the Money Magazine article from December 1996 issue.</p>
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<p>See John Hager - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Hager" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Hager</a> - who received his case of polio from his son's diaper in 1973 and has been in a wheelchair ever since.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>caned & able</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281563/can-the-polio-vaccine-shed#post_16074590"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>The only cases of polio in North America since 1979 have been associated with the OPV.  </p>
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<p>See Lena Shaffer in the Money Magazine article from December 1996 issue.</p>
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<p>See John Hager - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Hager" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Hager</a> - who received his case of polio from his son's diaper in 1973 and has been in a wheelchair ever since.</p>
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wow, that's crazy.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>TonyaW</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281563/can-the-polio-vaccine-shed#post_16070891"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>amnesiac</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281563/can-the-polio-vaccine-shed#post_16070862"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>That's the case for oral polio vaccine, but not injectable. Oral vaccine is no longer used in the U.S. but it is still used in some other parts of the world.</p>
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<br><br><p>Are you saying that the oral polio vaccine causes the virus to shed in stool but the current injectable vaccine in the US does not shed?</p>
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Correct.</p>
 

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<p>When my dd was young there was still a transition going on where you switched ipv,then opv,then ipv,then opv. The oral gives better immunity. The shedding of the virus in the poo was considered a benefit,because then others where *vaccinated* passively. I think you can still request the OPV when traveling.</p>
 
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