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Vaccine Changes for Infants and Teens

1) Pentacel:  After reviewing the most recent safety and effectiveness data, we are now recommending that instead of 3 individual shots for DTaP, Hib and polio at the 2, 4 and 6 month check-ups, patients receive a single shot called Pentacel.  Pentacel combines those 3 into a single shot, and will be given with Prevnar (a separate shot) and Rotateq (an oral vaccine) at each of those visits.  The protection will be the same, but now with less frequent side effects and 2 fewer shots.  If you have any questions your child’s doctor or NP will be more than happy to address them during your next check-up. 

2) Trumenba:  Trumenba protects against MenB, the B strain of meningococcus, which causes meningitis.  The recommended dosing schedule for healthy adolescents is now 2 doses, instead of 3, spaced 6 months apart.  This means one less shot for your teen heading off to college.  If your child received their second dose at the 2 month interval already, he/she will still need a 3rd dose at least 4 months from the 2nd dose.  Please contact our office if you have any questions about this change. You can learn more about Trumenba here.