Last update Oct. 28, 2014

Sabin Vaccine

Low Risk

Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Live attenuated polio virus is used.

Any risk for decreased antibody response to the vaccine as a result of antibodies contained in the breast milk is only theoretical based. It does not happen with the inactivated polio vaccine (Salk)

Vaccines are usually compatible with breastfeeding either if they are formed by live, attenuated, inactivated, death strains or microorganism toxoid.

Except for rubella vaccine, they are not excreted into breast milk and do not cause harm to the infant. Yellow fever vaccine has a higher risk for harm effect on infants younger than 6 months old (Consult information on a particular vaccine at our web).

Breastfeeding may enhance antibody response to vaccines and cause fewer side effects as fever or anorexia.

Early postpartum period is appropriate to get mothers vaccinated against measles, rubella, mumps and chicken-pox in case they were not immunized.

Breastfeeding mothers should be protected by providing recommended vaccination for adults.


We do not have alternatives for Sabin Vaccine.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Sabin Vaccine is also known as Poliomyelitis Live Oral Vaccine. Here it is a list of alternative known names::


Sabin Vaccine belongs to this group or family:


  1. AEP. Comité asesor de vacunas de la Asociación Española de Pediatría. Lactancia materna y vacunas. 2019 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. AAP. American Academy of Pediatrics. Red Book: 2018–2021. Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. American Academy of Pediatrics. Kimberlin DW, Brady MT, Jackson MA Long SS, eds. Red Book: 2018–2021 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 31st ed. Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2018.
  3. Haque R, Snider C, Liu Y, Ma JZ, Liu L, Nayak U, Mychaleckyj JC, Korpe P, Mondal D, Kabir M, Alam M, Pallansch M, Oberste MS, Weldon W, Kirkpatrick BD, Petri WA Jr. Oral polio vaccine response in breast fed infants with malnutrition and diarrhea. Vaccine. 2014 Abstract
  4. Sachs HC; Committee On Drugs. The transfer of drugs and therapeutics into human breast milk: an update on selected topics. Pediatrics. 2013 Sep;132(3):e796-809. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Munoz FM. Maternal immunization: an update for pediatricians. Pediatr Ann. 2013 Abstract
  6. (Red Book). Pickering LK, Baker CJ, Kimberlin DW, Long SS, eds. Red Book: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 29th ed. Elk Grove Village, Red Book 2012
  7. Raney EC, El-Ibiary SY. Immunizations and pregnancy: an update for pharmacists. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2012 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  8. Raney EC, El-Ibiary SY. Immunizations and pregnancy: an update for pharmacists. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2012 Abstract
  9. CDC. National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. General recommendations on immunization --- recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR Recomm Rep. 2011 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  10. Chen LH, Zeind C, Mackell S, LaPointe T, Mutsch M, Wilson ME. Breastfeeding travelers: precautions and recommendations. J Travel Med. 2010 Jan-Feb;17(1):32-47. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  11. Pisacane A, Continisio P, Palma O, Cataldo S, De Michele F, Vairo U. Breastfeeding and risk for fever after immunization. Pediatrics. 2010 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  12. Gruslin A, Steben M, Halperin S, Money DM, Yudin MH; SOGC. Immunization in pregnancy: No. 220, December 2008. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 Abstract
  13. Gruslin A, Steben M, Halperin S, Money DM, Yudin MH, Boucher M, Cormier B, Ogilvie G, Paquet C, Steenbeek A, Van Eyk N, van Schalkwyk J, Wong T. Immunization in pregnancy. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2008 Abstract
  14. Tillett J. The use of vaccines in pregnancy. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2004 Abstract
  15. Schmidt JV, Kroger AT, Roy SL. Report from the CDC. Vaccines in women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2004 Abstract
  16. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  17. Pabst HF, Spady DW, Pilarski LM, Carson MM, Beeler JA, Krezolek MP. Differential modulation of the immune response by breast- or formula-feeding of infants. Acta Paediatr. 1997 Abstract
  18. Pabst HF. Immunomodulation by breast-feeding. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1997 Abstract
  19. Triki H, Abdallah MV, Ben Aissa R, Bouratbine A, Ben Ali Kacem M, Bouraoui S, Koubaa C, Zouari S, Mohsni E, Crainic R, Dellagi K. Influence of host related factors on the antibody response to trivalent oral polio vaccine in Tunisian infants. Vaccine. 1997 Abstract
  20. [No authors listed] General recommendations on immunization. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR Recomm Rep. 1994 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  21. Zaman S, Carlsson B, Morikawa A, Jeansson S, Narayanan I, Thiringer K, Jalil F, Hanson LA. Poliovirus antibody titres, relative affinity, and neutralising capacity in maternal milk. Arch Dis Child. 1993 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  22. Quast U. [May a breast feeding mother receive oral polio (Sabin) vaccine, even if the baby is less than 3 months old and therefore has not received oral polio vaccine?]. Monatsschr Kinderheilkd. 1993 Abstract
  23. Hahn-Zoric M, Fulconis F, Minoli I, Moro G, Carlsson B, Böttiger M, Räihä N, Hanson LA. Antibody responses to parenteral and oral vaccines are impaired by conventional and low protein formulas as compared to breast-feeding. Acta Paediatr Scand. 1990 Abstract
  24. Chopra K, Kundu S, Chowdhury DS. Antibody response of infants in tropics to five doses of oral polio vaccine. J Trop Pediatr. 1989 Abstract
  25. [No authors listed] Breast-feeding and trivalent oral polio vaccine. J Pediatr. 1979 Abstract
  26. John TJ, Devarajan LV, Luther L, Vijayarathnam P. Effect of breast-feeding on seroresponse of infants to oral poliovirus vaccination. Pediatrics. 1976 Abstract
  27. Farrell T. Sabin vaccine and breast-fed babies. Med J Aust. 1972 Abstract
  28. Adcock E, Greene H. Poliovirus antibodies in breast-fed infants. Lancet. 1971 Abstract

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