Pentacel is a new combination vaccine that combines DTaP, Hib, and IPV. Pentacel will reduce the number of needle sticks children will experience during their 2, 4, 6 and 15/18 month visits. This vaccine takes the same vaccines that normally would be given separately during these visits and combines them into one vaccine or shot. Pentacel has been used in Canada and Europe for years. After extensive clinical trials, which some of you may have participated in our offices, the FDA approved Pentacel for general use. Some parents are concerned that this many vaccines at once can cause problems. There is no evidence to support that concern. In fact, Pentacel will make it less traumatic for your child by reducing injections by two.
To find out more about vaccines, you can go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s website regarding vaccines