Polio is spreading in America for the first time in decades. Do you need a booster?

A specific type of poliovirus is spreading in Rockland County, New York, as well as neighboring areas, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to link the United States. list of countries (opens in new tab) Where similar polioviruses have been found. The list includes about 30 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa such as the United Kingdom, Israel, Yemen, Algeria and Niger.

America’s official inclusion in this list was announced last week by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in new tab) (CDC) and the news raised questions about what happens next. Do people who received a full dose of polio vaccine as a child need a booster now? What should you do if you are unsure about your vaccination status, or if you know for sure that you have not received the polio vaccine?

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