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  • Polio is a preventable life-threatening disease.
  • All adults and children need to be immunised to protect against polio.
  • Polio symptoms vary from mild flu-like symptoms to paralysis and possibly death.
  • People who have had polio may experience effects later in life called the late effects of polio, when physical symptoms emerge 15 years or more after the first polio infection.
  • Aids and equipment (including orthoses, braces, walking sticks and electric scooters) can help relieve the symptoms of the late effects of polio.

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Reviewed on: 26-03-2021