CDC Weighs Using Oral Polio Vax For First Time In 20 Years

  • The CDC is weighing the possibility of using an oral polio vaccine for the first time in more than 20 years following an outbreak earlier this year in New York City that left one adult paralyzed.
  • “We are in discussions with our New York State and New York City colleagues about the use of nOPV,” said Dr. Janell Routh, the CDC’s team leader for domestic polio, referring to the novel oral polio vaccine. She added, “There will be lots of thought and discussion about the reintroduction of an oral polio vaccine into the United States.”
  • The oral vaccine the CDC is considering is a newer form that supposedly is more stable and carries less risk of mutation than a version that was pulled off the market in 2000.