My son’s doctor suggested to give Hexaxim, which is painless, instead of previous 6 week dose of Quinvaxem and IPV vaccine when I went for 10 week due vaccination? But the cost was too much. Can I get the same vaccine for my baby which was given earlier? Or should I opt for painless this time?
Pain and fever are associated with whole cell pertussis antigen in DTwP vaccines and it is not of major concern as they can be easily managed with paracetamol drops. Also, immunity provided is better than the painless acellular Pertussis antigen containing DTaP vaccines. Primary vaccination should be preferably done with wP containing combination vaccines. In west, Pertussis breakout after prolonged use of DTaP vaccines should be lesson well learned for us to stop using painless vaccines and instead opt for cheaper and easily available DTwP vaccines.