The new five-in-one vaccine is an important step forward in the
Newspaper headlines of chaos and panic are regrettable since the new vaccine offers children protection against the same five diseases but in a more acceptable formulation, write Helen Bedford and David Elliman.
This change is a natural progression in the light of the near elimination of polio worldwide and advances in vaccine technology. Many other European countries, as well as the United States and Canada, have already made the change to inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).
A trial in the
Concerns that this vaccine could overload the immune system are misguided, as the new vaccine actually contains 3,000 less antigens than the current vaccine, even though it protects against five instead of four diseases. However, the benefits of the new vaccine do not outweigh the risks of delaying immunization until its introduction. Parents should therefore be encouraged to have their children immunized according to the current schedule, until the new one is introduced, they conclude.
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Source: British Medical Journal