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New CDC policy on polio vaccine??

Joao Vasconcelos Costa jcosta at gulbenkian.pt
Thu Jan 4 11:34:41 EST 1996

wrenf at aol.com (Wrenf) wrote:
>Hi, I am new to this newsgroup and am hoping someone out there can answer
>my question.  I saw on some TV show ( one of those pseudo news/ gossip
>shows) that the CDC has a new policy which will be in effect in about a
>year for  polio immunizations.  The supposedly new policy is for the first
>2 immunizations to be the dead virus which is injected and the live
>attenuated oral for the last 2 doses.  This is to prevent any cases of
>polio transmission to the infant from the live oral vaccine.  I know there
>are some cases each year of polio from the live vaccine (supposedly the
>vaccine is  the source of any new cases reported now)  and they are hoping
>to reduce the risk with the new policy.  
>I tried to call the CDC but due to the govt shutdown there was no one to
>answer or confirm any of this.  Are there any CDC folks out there familiar
>with this?  Has anyone else heard of this?  We are due for our 2nd dose on
>Monday and I've decided to just get the dead vaccine for my peace of mind
>but I am still curious. Any info would be appreciated.  
>Thanks, Judith, Pharm. D.

I think this is an old idea and has already been applied somewhere and
sometime ago, but I can't remember. Can anyone refresh my memory?


Dr. JOAO V. COSTA                          mailto:jcosta at gulbenkian.pt
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia                  phone: +351(1)4435750
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