Pediarix Combination Vaccine

Pediarix Combination Vaccine

Fewer needle sticks… the same protection! On Tuesday, December 16, 2002, the FDA approved a new five-vaccine combination for children. Pediarix contains vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and hepatitis B, all in one syringe. The injection is to be given at the 2, 4, and 6 month well-baby exams. These 3 shots could replace as many as 9 the baby would have gotten.

I’m a fan of reducing pokes by combining injections. But just because shots work well when given separately, it does not mean that they will be effective given together. I’m glad the FDA is evaluating each combination carefully. And very glad that this one is available now for today’s babies.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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