Monday, April 07, 2014

Acellular DPT/ Painless DPT/ DTaP / Pentaxim shortage in India - How to complete vaccination schedule in your child?

With a lot of worried parents calling & writing to me regarding the shortage of Acellular DPT/ Painless DPT/ DTaP / Pentaxim , here is what I am recommending.....
For children completing the primary series (less than 6 months old), I am recommending using whatever vaccine is available - the DTwP brands like Pentavac, easyfive, qquinvaxem etc. to continue the vaccination, rather than wait and delay these vaccinations against serious illnesses.
For children coming at 1.5 years for booster doses, waiting for a few weeks is not that critical, PLUS the chances of local side-effects are also more. Hence I am giving the option to parents to decide if they want to wait, or take the DTwP combinations as mentioned above. 
Regards
Dr Gaurav Gupta

4 comments:

Anil Agnihotri said...

Dear Dr. Gupta,

Our daughter is 23 months and her Pentaxim booster dose is missed and now not available. Should we wait till mid may or give the local vaccine. If yes, which is the local vaccine?

Thanks and Regards,
Anil

Anil Agnihotri said...

Dear Dr. Gupta,

Our daughter is 23 months and her Pentaxim booster dose is missed and now not available. Should we wait till mid may or give the local vaccine. If yes, which is the local vaccine?

Thanks and Regards,
Anil

Anil Agnihotri said...

Dear Dr. Gupta,

Our daughter is 23 months and her Pentaxim booster dose is missed and now not available. Should we wait till mid may or give the local vaccine. If yes, which is the local vaccine?

Thanks and Regards,
Anil

Dr. Gaurav Gupta M.D. said...

For children coming above 1.5 years for booster doses (like your daughter), waiting for a few weeks is not that critical, PLUS the chances of local side-effects are also more. Hence I am giving the option to parents to decide if they want to wait, or take the DTwP combinations as mentioned above.
Regards
Dr Gaurav Gupta