oral polio vaccine

Last reviewed 01/2018

The Sabin polio vaccine is a live vaccine, containing live strains of polio viruses types I, II and III.

In the UK, the use or oral polio vaccine has been replaced by use of inactivated polio vaccine (1).

Oral polio vaccine is no longer available for routine use and will only be available for outbreak control (2).


  1. Department of Health (August 10th 2004). New vaccinations for the childhood immunisation programme. PL/CMO/2004/3, PL/CNO/2004/2, PL/CPHO/2004/3.
  2. Department of Health (August 2004). Poliomyelitis - Green Book Update.