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DTaP Manufacturer - which is best?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
If anyone has information on a manufacturer (least adverse incidences - whether anecdotal or statistical) that is least likely to cause problems, I'd love your advice. It would be our first vax tomorrow afternoon (at 9 months) and thus far, Pertussis is the only disease I'm very concerned about heading into the school year (older daughter attends school with questionably healthy
! middle schoolers, who we will be around daily), although we'll be getting the rest, starting at 12 months. If anyone has info on a pertussis-only vax, that would be interesting too, although it appears from the previous page that that's a dead-end inquiry.

I should add that I am so. not. interested. in debating vaccination. I'm very thankful for this new forum.

Thanks!
post #2 of 22
There is no pertussis only vaccine available in the US.

-Angela
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
If anyone has information on a manufacturer (least adverse incidences - whether anecdotal or statistical) that is least likely to cause problems, I'd love your advice.
Your ped's office will likely carry only one brand of DTaP, so your child would get whatever the office stocks.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
My ped's office would also be more than willing to order a brand that I wanted.
post #5 of 22
That's really neat, Flying! I don't know the answer to your question but someone with solid research will pop up here eventually!
post #6 of 22
Your ped can order anything..but there is no pertussis only vax available to the U.S.A.
Period.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yeah, got that. I was responding to LongIsland. No P only. I meant my doc will order whatever brand of DTaP I would like.

Is there a brand of DTaP that is associated with more problems? Less problems? Are they all about the same?
post #8 of 22
I would suggest looking at the vaccine inserts online. Look at the ingredients of all of them and then decide. There is lots of info in those little inserts. You may see something that stands out, you may not.

Call your ped's office first and ask which one they give, and look up that one's ingredients online. Good place to start.
post #9 of 22
Daptacel (Aventis Pasteur Laboratories)

Infarix (Glaxo-Smith Kline)

Tripedia (Sanofi Pasteur)

Pediarix (SKB Biologicals)
post #10 of 22
Certiva & Acel-Immune aren't around anymore.
post #11 of 22
Thanks, am - I'll edit. That info came from the FDA - no wonder it's inaccurate.
post #12 of 22
MIne uses infanrix. I looked at the inserts at one point and the only one I think I didn't want was daptacel. Don't remember why. I think infanrix was one of the best but I can't swear by it.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mangosink0
MIne uses infanrix. I looked at the inserts at one point and the only one I think I didn't want was daptacel. Don't remember why. I think infanrix was one of the best but I can't swear by it.
Thank you.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by flyingspaghettimama
I meant my doc will order whatever brand of DTaP I would like.
That's cool - not all peds would do something like that.

I would find out from your ped which brands they have used in the past and what they currently use and why. There has to be a reason why he uses the brand he's currently using, YKWIM? He may think "they're all the same," but may like one over the other for some reason and that may help with your decision.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ah, and I see boongirl's post from the other thread that says daptacel never had thimerosol.

It doesn't matter anyhow - today he woke up with a stuffy nose so we'll be waiting a biiiit longer. All the better to research more, and find out more!
post #16 of 22
We had Pediarix. That one is 5 vaxes in one - DTaP, polio, and Hep B. So if you really only want pertussis to begin with, you probably don't want that one.

The only possible point in favor of Pediarix is that IF you intend to eventually vax for all 5 diseases, there might be something to be said for doing it all at once, because then you've only got one set of all the freak-out additives (i.e. aluminum) per dose rather than an additional set of additives for each separate shot of IPV, etc. With that said, if you look at Pediarix's published info, they do admit that studies show that babies who get Pediarix have a higher fever risk. My DD had a low-grade fever the first Pediarix shot, and tiny lumps for the second two.
post #17 of 22
This probably isn't very helpful for you, but I asked my ped about this and she said that they're all fully interchangeable, and that their office uses whatever happens to be supplied to them by the state (WA here) at the time; they never know in advance what brand they're going to have.
Of course, I'm learning that there are ZERO data out there on whether or not they're actually interchangeable, but apparently according to peds, none of the DTaPs is any better (any worse?) than the others.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by BrklynMama
The only possible point in favor of Pediarix is that IF you intend to eventually vax for all 5 diseases, there might be something to be said for doing it all at once, because then you've only got one set of all the freak-out additives (i.e. aluminum) per dose rather than an additional set of additives for each separate shot of IPV, etc. With that said, if you look at Pediarix's published info, they do admit that studies show that babies who get Pediarix have a higher fever risk. My DD had a low-grade fever the first Pediarix shot, and tiny lumps for the second two.
I don't think this is good advice, Its best to go for single shots if at all possible, and of course if you want pertusis you'll need to do a DTaP only. The problem with combo vaxes, is if there is a severe reaction (and yes high fevers can be that) then you can't pinpoint the exact vax to know to avoid it next time. If you do only the hep B and they react, you know not to ever do hep B again.....if you do the combo, you don't know if it was pertussis, hep b or all of them they reacted to.
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post #20 of 22
Is Pediarix the one with the astronomical adverse event rate?
There was a thread around here a while back about that one, I think. It was something unreal like 75% reporting reactions.
Anyone remember that thread?
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