Here’s How to Get Vaccinated Against Polio in Lower Manhattan
Polio has been found in New York City’s wastewater, which means the paralysis-causing virus is currently circulating in the city. Most of us were vaccinated against polio as children, which means we’re well-protected. The three-dose vaccine is 99 percent effective against paralytic polio once the series is completed.
But if you or your children have not received polio vaccines, it’s imperative that you get protected as soon as possible. Though most people who contract polio have few to no symptoms, the virus can lead to permanent paralysis of the arms and legs or even the muscles used to breathe or swallow, the latter of which can be fatal.
The vaccine is safe and effective, and you can access it through your pediatrician or doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, or they don’t have the polio vaccine in supply, the Manhattan Borough President’s office recommends that you call 311, where you’ll be connected with a provider through the city’s public hospital system. For more on the polio vaccine, visit the CDC’s website.
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