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#1 of 4 Old 12-12-2012, 02:45 PM - Thread Starter
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After careful review of the options with our family natpath, we chose to get the Infanrix brand of DTAP for our 3yr son.


The problem is that our pediatrician has an exclusionary contract with whichever pharmaceutical company she buys from, so she can't order anything different. She's willing to write a perscription for it if we can find a pharmacy that can get it, and she's willing to administer it if we can get it.


So far I can't find a pharmacy that can get it. Turns out there are two clinics in town that have it, but because it's in house and not through their pharmacy, our doc can't get it from them.


Our county health authority is willing to help us, but I haven't heard back, and my suspicion is they will not be able to help.


We can't change PCPs just to get the vaccine from one of those two clinics because our son has state health insurance, and there is currently a freeze on provider changes.


Any ideas would be most appreciated.




p.s. We are in a bit of a time crunch because our son may have to start chemotherapy at the beginning of March. I need to get this started asap so that there's time for the second one.

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Daptacel is a very good brand for dtap...curious, why do you prefer Infanrix? Our naturopath office Carries daptacel exclusively.

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Honestly, I left the research up to our natpath for this, so I didn't even know about Daptacel. She doesn't give vaccines herself and can't order them, but is generally good at research. I was going to have to get the insurance company to accept some special referral for us to go to that other clinic to get the Infanrix.


Now I see from a few online comparison charts that the Daptacel appears to be the "best" option. Whew!! It turns out our public health office carries it. We can easily make an appt. there.


Thanks for your help!

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I ran into your same dilemma of not being able to choose the brand. I think that Deptacel was actually the one I wanted because Infanrix has a really high aluminum content! The Vaccine Book by Sears talks about the different vaccines and ingredients if you'd like a handy reference. We ended up having no choice but the Infanrix, so we just space things out really carefully.

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