Polio is a virus that enters the body orally. it doesn’t always cause serious illness, but can cause paralysis.

In 1916 a polio epidemic in the United States which killed 6,000 people and paralyzed 27,000. During the 1950’s there were over 25,000 cases of polio reported each year. In 1955, administration of the vaccine began. By 1960 the cases of polio dropped to 12%, by 1979 there were only 10 cases of polio reported. Today polio has been basically eliminated in the U. S. However it does still exist in other parts of the word, despite the U.S. and other counties efforts to eradicate the disease.

The schedule of inactive polio vaccine (IPV) is 4 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months and a booster between 4-6 years. There are some combination vaccines (several different vaccines in one the shot) contain IPV, so children may get a 5th shot. The 5th shot isn’t a problem according to the FDA and CDC.

If you have a healthy child 4 to 6 years of age, he/she may qualify for a clinical research study testing to protect against Dtap-IPV (diphtheria and tetanus, and pertussis combined with the Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine).

Basic qualifications are:

  • 4-6 years of age
  • Healthy Male or Female
  • Current on Immunizations
  • Parental Consent

If you qualify you may receive:

  • Study related exam
  • No cost investigational Dtap-IPV vaccination
  • Compensation for time and travel up to $250

Visit our site at Jean Brown Research to see if your child may qualify to participate.

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