Polio is caused due to infection with a virus called polio virus. There is no drug to kill the virus if you get infected, but the infection can be prevented by vaccination. The infection has been eradicated from the western hemisphere, but continues to be endemic in some countries such as Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan even though efforts to control are ongoing.
Consult your doctor for polio vaccination if:
Polio still occurs in many parts of the world. Everyone, who gets the infection, does not develop paralysis. Severity of infection can vary from subclinical infections to life threatening illness especially when the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is affected.
Consult your doctor if you or any family member or friend has any of the following symptoms suggestive of polio:
These are some symptoms that may occur in a person, who has paralytic polio. Several other medical conditions can cause similar symptoms. Your doctor will do tests to rule out other medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms before making a polio diagnosis.