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Generic Name
Live poliovirus vaccine
Trade Name
Oral poliomyelitis
Risk Category
  • Studies on animals show adverse effect and toxicity on fetus.
  • No adequate and well controlled studies done on pregnant women.
  • Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus.
FDA Pregnancy Risk Categories

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  • Live attenuated virus vaccine administered orally.
  • Fetal Risk
    Fetal Risk
  • maternal infection during pregnancy may cause fetal damage.
  • No well controlled human data but reported single case of fetal renal dysplasia, when maternal vaccination was in the first trimester and a case of growth retarded fetus with poliolike changes in the anterior cells of spinal cord when maternal vaccination was in the second trimester of pregnancy.
  • Breast Feeding
    Breast Feeding
  • Safe in breast feeding.
  • Vaccination of the infant before 6 weeks of age is not recommended as passive immunity is provided from breast milk.
  • Other Trade Names
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