Polio Immunization Is Incomplete In Infants?
my baby 3 months 4 days have not received polio immunization since birth because of limited stocks and until now there is not in my area. Until what age is the safe limit of polio immunization for infants given? How long is the interval between months if polio immunization is given late to my baby?
Thank you for the question.
Polio immunization can make babies more resistant to polio (poliomyelitis). Polio itself is a disease that occurs due to a nervous system infection by a virus that can cause permanent paralysis.
Polio immunization must be done 4 times, namely when the newborn is born (polio 0), and continued when the baby is 2 months old (polio 1), 3 months (polio 2), and 4 months (polio 3). Furthermore, booster dose can be given again, ie when the baby is 18 months old.
Polio immunization 0 is ideally given when a new baby is born until no later than when he is 1 month old. As for your condition, where babies have not been immunized with polio at all due to the depletion of stocks in health facilities it is certainly an undesirable condition for all parties. For this reason, we recommend that you ask your doctor or pediatrician directly at your local health facility so that recommendations are given where you can give your baby the polio immunization as soon as possible. If this is still not possible, as a preventative measure for transmission of polio to infants, the following steps you can do:
Make sure you give your baby enough milk until the age of 2 years or more
Always keep the environment around the baby clean
Also take care of the baby's personal hygiene, including routine bathing, washing hands, and shortening the nails
If your baby is 6 months old, make sure you only feed him and drink it that is clean and cooked
Avoid taking babies traveling far away to areas that have experienced polio outbreaks
Hope this helps ...