EasySix vaccine or Hexaxim
Launch of EasySix is a big one in vaccine industry. Earlier, there was only one hexavalent vaccine named Hexaxim (cost price Rs. 4800), available in the market. It is a painless vaccine known to prevent 6 diseases in one shot. Due to its cost, it burnt hole in the pocket of parents and obviously not affordable by masses. Now, we have EasySix (cost Rs.2020). It is a cheaper alternative of hexavalent vaccine. There is absolutely no need to administer DTwP containing combination vaccine and IPV separately to decrease the cost of vaccination. Easy six vaccine costs half the price of painless vaccine and still provide effective protection against six diseases.
EasySix Manufacturer, a trusted brand
EasySix vaccine is produced by Panacea Biotech. It is one of India’s leading Biopharmaceutical Company. Panacea is well known to develop superior innovative vaccines against diseases, since more than three decades.
EasyFive, the earlier effective pentavalent combination vaccine
Easy 5 (DTwP-HepB-Hib) by Panacea is successfully providing immunity to the newborns since 2013. It provides a good option to an expensive painless combination vaccine like Pentaxim.
What is EasySix vaccine and what diseases it protects from?
Easy 6 is the Hexavalent combination vaccine. It provides immunity against 6 diseases, Diptheria, whooping cough, Tetanus, Meningitis (caused by Haemophilus influenza type b), Hepatitis B and Polio. This vaccine is also ready to use fully liquid formulation. It requires no constitution and saves time like ready to use Hexaxim vaccine.
What sets EasySix vaccine apart from Hexaxim?
EasySix vaccine contains the whole cell Pertussis antigen, that is known to provide superior immunity against Pertussis. Then, obviously it makes a better option than painless vaccine Hexaxim. It is cheaper and effective simultaneously.
Painless vaccines have acellular Pertussis antigen. It fails to prevent transmission and spread of Whooping cough among people, as it does not stop Pertussis bacteria from entering and living inside the airways of vaccinated persons. So, the vaccinated persons are themselves immune but are the carriers of Pertussis. That means they can still spread the disease to unvaccinated or people with weak immunity. That is why, painless vaccines should preferably be avoided in the primary series of infant immunization. There were recent news of Pertussis outbreaks in USA, where painless or DTaP vaccines are more common. This further proves that painless vaccines fail to provide desired immunity in the community.
Is EasySix vaccine safe and effective?
EasySix is reported to have comparable immunogenicity and fewer number of persons complaining of side effects, when compared to pentavalent vaccine and IPV given separately in clinical trials. It may cause slight fever, rarely causes persistent crying, some pain in infants due to certain allergic reactions in response to inactivate whole cell component of Pertussis. All these reactions can be easily controlled by over the counter Paracetamol drugs. So, absolutely no need to opt for painless vaccine if your baby is healthy and can tolerate slight discomfort with your love and care.
Other vaccines from Panacea
Panacea is a pioneer in developing other important vaccines like first fully liquid Quadrivalent vaccine Easyfour-TT, Pentavalent Vaccine Easyfive-TT, monovalent Polio vaccine against type 1 and type 3 Polio virus, Bivalent Polio Vaccine against Type 1 and 3 Polio virus. Easy 6 is the outcome of 10 years of rigorous research and efforts.