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Old 05-03-2014, 02:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have "The Vaccine Book" and it has been very helpful in making decisions for my 3-month old son. I plan to give him a DTaP combo shot soon and was hoping you could clear up my confusion about aluminum.

I live in Australia, and my choices are Infanrix Hexa and Pediacel. You recommend the Pediacel because it has less aluminum, which you said is 330 mg as opposed to Hexa's 850. Here's where I get confused: I looked at the official product info for both and it says

PEDIACEL:
1.5 mg aluminum phosphate

INFANRIX HEXA:
Adsorbed on aluminum hydroxide, hydrated 0.5 milligrams
Adsorbed on aluminum phosphate, .32 milligrams

It looks like Hexa has less aluminum. Can you explain? Many thanks!
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The 1.5 mg in Pediacell is mostly phosphate.  The aluminum portion is only 330 mcg (0.33 mg)

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Thank you so much for your prompt reply! It means so much to me.

 

Just to clarify, the raw aluminium content of Hexa is 850 mg? On the product info, the quantity of aluminium compounds is .82 mg, which seems like less to me -- but then I don't really know how to read these things.

 

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you are confusing micrograms and milligrams.  There are 850 micrograms (or 820, not sure which), which is equal to 0.85 milligrams. Doesn't matter which one you use. This compares to only 330 micrograms (0.33 milligrams) in the other kind

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Dr. Sears, Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
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