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The late effects of Polio Information for Health Care Providers
Charlotte Leboeuf

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INTRODUCTION

Poliomyelitis (polio or infantile paralysis), referred to in this text as polio, is now a disease that has almost been forgotten by our community and health professionals. Vaccination programs beginning in the late 1950s have virtually prevented new infections. Most professionals with first-hand experience of the disease have retired.

Recently, much attention has been drawn to the development of new, previously unrecognised symptoms, which may occur in people who were thought to have reached a stable level of recovery after the acute disease. Since it takes time for new information to filter through into clinical practice, many people who previously had polio and now have new symptoms report difficulty in obtaining correct diagnosis and treatment.

Inappropriate therapy can have a detrimental effect on people who experience such new symptoms. It is therefore important that health professionals have access to reliable information.

It is hoped that this book will be of benefit to all members of the health care professions, who may come into contact with people who require assistance with the management of the late effects of polio.

It is the purpose of this book to provide a review of the contemporary literature regarding the circumstances which surround the new symptoms experienced by many people who had polio.

This review also includes brief accounts of the history of polio, its cause, spread, clinical features, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Finally, it provides some information regarding practical assistance for those who are struggling to manage the late effects of polio.

Charlotte Leboeuf
Project Officer
November, 1990

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This document comprises an index, foreword, introduction and seventeen other sections or subdocuments. Permission for printing copies is granted only on the basis that ALL sections are printed in their entirety and kept together as a single document.

Document preparation: Chris Salter, Original Think-tank, Cornwall, United Kingdom.
Created: 7th July 1997.
Last modification: 22nd June 2009.
Last information content change: 6th June 2000.

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