Pentavalent vaccine (DPT-Hep B-Hib)
The pentavalent vaccine combines five different vaccines in one injection to protect against
- Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) disease
- Pertussis (or whooping cough)
- Tetanus and
This vaccine was introduced in Pakistan Government's EPI program in 2009. It has replaced the previous DPT and Hepatitis B vaccine. Three doses of this vaccine are given to children in Pakistan in the first year for free, at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks of age. As with almost all other vaccines, if the dose(s) is missed, it can be given later as well.
Fever is a common side effect of this vaccine. However, it is recommended not to take anti fever medicines routinely to prevent fever after vaccines. If the fever develops, only then anti fever medicines should be taken.