Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Infanrix hexa

Generic name:
Combined diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis, hepatitis b, inactivated polio and Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine
Also known as:
 DTap- IPV- HepB- Hib or the “six in one” vaccine
How is it given?

 Deep intramuscular on the anterolateral aspect of the thigh.
How many times this should be given?
Primary: 3 shots.
 Booster: 1 shot.
If the baby has received HepB at birth, the 3rd dose will be replaced with a vaccine without HepB (infanrix-ipv-hib or the “five in one” vaccine)
When is it given?
                Primary Vaccine: 2, 3, 4 months or 3, 4, 5 months or 2, 4, 6 months (at least
                one month apart)
                Booster Vaccine: at least six months after the last dose or before 18 months
Why do some parents choose this over the health centres’ DPT-OPV-HepB vaccine?
1.       Because Infanrix hexa is a combination of 6 vaccines, the baby gets to complete the primary series in just 3 shots as opposed to 9 shots.
2.       Because it has less complications.
3.       Because they can afford it.
Complications of this vaccine:
Very common: appetite lost, irritability, crying, restlessness, fever, pain over the site, local swelling.

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