THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Combination vaccine may decrease number of required vaccines for infants

Combination vaccine may decrease number of vaccines for infants | Courtesy of medicalexpo.com
A new combination vaccine that recently went through a phase III trial may help to decrease the number of immunizations that are mandated for infants and toddlers in order to keep them updated according to the standards set by the U.S. infant immunization schedule.

The hexavalent vaccine combination contains strains of tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), polio and hepatitis B.

According to the phase III trial, the vaccine has been confirmed as safe, effective and well-tolerated. The trial was hosted at multiple centers.

"It has gotten complicated because there are so many vaccines, which is good news because there are fewer sick children,” Gary S. Marshall, professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville and principal investigator in the study, said. “Having combination vaccines is more good news -- it makes things simpler without compromising protection. Hopefully, this vaccine combination will improve coverage rates. Studies show that when you use combination vaccines, more kids get vaccinated on time and by two years of age more are fully protected. When you make it easier, you get better coverage."

The vaccine still needs to be license before it can be used regularly.

"Once it is licensed, we can take pride in having brought this new vaccine to the pediatric community and having done our part to simplify the routine immunization schedule," Marshall said.

Further details are available in the Pediatrics issue from August 2015.

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