Polio • New York • Vaccine

In New York confirmed Thursday that a young adult who had not received the polio vaccine had contracted the disease, marking the first occurrence of polio in the country in almost ten years.

The disease that caused hundreds of cases of paralysis each year previously terrorized Americans, but now there is a vaccination that protects 99 out of 100 kids who receive it.

Polio can be spread through contaminated water, coming into contact with an infected person's excrement, or, less frequently, through droplets from a polio patient's cough or sneeze.

The illness might affect the spinal cord, which could result in paralysis, a permanent impairment, or even death.

Even children who make a full recovery could nevertheless experience paralysis, weakness, or muscle soreness as adults decades later.

Polio was "the most notorious disease of the 20th Century until AIDS came," according to the Behring Center at the National Museum of American History.

The United States and many other nations administer vaccines manufactured with a virus that has been rendered inactive.

there are several nations where polio has been a more recent threat administer weakened live virus drops into children's mouths.

Children in the United States are still regularly immunised against polio with the inactivated vaccine.

Four doses are advised by federal officials: two months, four months, six to eighteen months, and between the ages of four and six. Only three dosages are necessary in some states.

In accordance with the CDC's most recent data on childhood immunizations, 93% of 2-year-olds had at least three doses of the polio vaccine.

said Nuzzo. "If you've had your shots, you don't need to be concerned. But it's crucial to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccinations if you haven't yet given them.