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Is Quinvaxem a safe and effective vaccination for a child?

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Dr. Sumanth Amperayani

Pediatrician, Pulmonology

Practicing since :2003

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Posted on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 in Vaccinations
Question: Dear Doctor.
My nephew needs to take his shot of vaccination and needs to have pentavalent (five-in-one) vaccine.
There have been conflicting reports with regard to AP and WP vaccination.

The doctor has asked him to take QuinVaxem which is a WP vaccine. I have been reading some reports online and am concerned.

Would appreciate your advice.

Thank you very much.

Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
Whole cell vaccine is good

Detailed Answer:
The concerns are -
1. Acellular vaccine is less protective
2. Whole cell better protection but pain & fever is more.
3. Quinvaxem is whole cell but no scientific proof for the painless nature it claims of. Moreover deaths are reported.
1. Go with whole cell vaccines schedule please
2. Need to know your nephew's age
Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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