Immunisation: What you need to know before you consent
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The polio vaccine protects you against polio (poliomyelitis) which can cause headache, vomiting, tiredness and back or neck stiffness and can lead to paralysis.
The polio vaccine is provided free as part of the National Immunisation Program in two different types of combination vaccines.
The polio combination vaccines are free as part of the National Immunisation Program at:
Single polio vaccines may also be recommended to other groups including:
The polio vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age, and into the top of the arm if over 12 months of age.
Like any medications, the polio vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
Rarely, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to the Immunisation Section.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.