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Polio Booster for Pakistan
muggie2k

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Posted:  26-Nov-2015 10:43
I have a 10 year old going to Pakistan for 6 weeks. Travax recommending Polio booster if not had in past 12 months. Patient had Diptheria/Tetanus/Polio in October 2009. Is it ok to give Revaxis to boost Polio part? Revaxis can be given over 6 years old.

Margaret

Margaret
Lilywhite

1369 Posts

Posted:  27-Nov-2015 15:57
Presuming child is up to date with routine imms I don't know that you could use anything else - there is no single polio vaccine in the UK. Revaxis tends to be used above 10 years old when vaccinating those with incomplete status so is used in that age group:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/463433/HPA-algorithm-September-2015-04b.pdf

If the child does not receive vaccine and get an international certificate of vaccination (same as yellow fever cert) then they may be vaccinated with live oral polio vaccine on exit from Pakistan, so particularly if the child has any contraindications to live oral vaccine, giving revaxis seems the only viable option.

You could always call NaTHNaC (or Travax if you have a subscription) and document their advice.

Please be aware this is my opinion only based on the evidence I have seen, and not meant to be taken as direction
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