Bilthoven Biologicals produces IPV, which is an inactivated polio vaccine. Among other uses, this vaccine is used for the global polio eradication program (GPEI). For IPV vaccine, we use inactivated (dead) polio virus. After vaccination, the inactivated virus triggers an immune response, but can no longer cause the disease itself.
Form: suspension for injection
Globally, vaccination is also done with an oral polio vaccine. The vaccine is often ingested after applying a few drops onto a lump of sugar. This oral vaccine is comprised of a virus in its weakened state. In some cases, the weakened virus can mutate and cause polio in a vaccinated person.
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