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Dr. Palevsky's Comments: The oral polio vaccine was banned from use in the United States in 2000. The reason for this ban was because too many children were developing vaccine associated paralytic polio (VAPP) as a serious side effect of the oral vaccine. In other words, they were developing paralytic symptoms that the vaccine was supposed to prevent them from developing, should they have gotten a natural polio infection and developed temporary or permanent paralysis, which are rare side effects of the polio illness anyway. What most people are not aware of is regular polio infections are simple gastrointestinal illnesses more than 98% of the time, without symptoms of temporary or permanent paralysis. Temporary paralysis from a polio infection is thought to happen less than 2% of the time, and only 2% of these children who develop temporary paralysis, are believed to go on to develop permanent paralysis. Many of these statistics are also dependent on the pre-existing health conditions of the children, and the health of the environment in which they've been living. Nonetheless, since the oral polio vaccine was banned from the US due to these significant adverse events, it has consistently been used in countries all over the world. When you hear about "outbreaks" of polio in foreign countries, the first question you should ask is, "Are they using the oral polio vaccine?" and the answer is usually, yes. If children in the US were getting VAPP as a significant side effect of the oral vaccine, why wouldn't this occur in other countries where children are receiving the oral polio vaccine, and health conditions may actually be worse for them there, than they are in the US? The polio illness has become endemic to certain areas of the world where polio was never a health problem. Not only has this been a secondary result of the use of the oral polio vaccine in these countries, but when health authorities see that the incidence of polio is on the rise in these countries, their answer is to make sure more people are vaccinated with the oral polio vaccine. As a result, more people will develop VAPP and VDPV (vaccine derived poliovirus) so the incidence of polio will appear to rise in these countries, and, therefore, more vaccines will be sold and used..........Poliovirus is a virus that normally measures about 1 millionth of an inch long, and uses human cells as a host. In other words, in all likelihood, this virus, along with thousands, if not millions of other viruses, make their home in the cells of the gastrointestinal tract of humans.



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