DTP-HIB-HBV-POL vaccine helps protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B and polio infections.
Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that mainly affects the airways causing difficulty in breathing. It can also cause heart and nerve problems.
Tetanus is a serious infection that is acquired when bacteria from soil infect deep wounds. It causes painful and serious muscle spasms.
Pertussis or whooping cough is a very contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the airways causing severe coughing (often characterised to have a “whooping” sound) and difficulty in breathing. It can also cause ear, lung and brain problems.
Haemophilus influenzae type b is a bacterial infection that can cause several serious illnesses including brain, heart, lung, blood, bones, joints or eye problems.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects the liver. It is acquired from body fluids (e.g. blood, spit) of infected people.
Polio is a viral infection that can cause crippling.
This vaccine helps your child’s body make its own antibodies (substances in the body that fight against infection) to protect him/her against these infections.
DTP-HIB-HBV-POL vaccine is given by intramuscular (into the muscle) injection.
A doctor or nurse will administer this vaccine for your child.
Ensure that you keep all appointments with the doctor so that your child do not miss any immunisations.
If you miss an appointment or an injection, alert your child’s doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.
Do not use this vaccine if your child ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to the following medicines:
- DTP-HIB-HBV-POL vaccine
- certain antibiotics e.g. polymyxin, neomycin
Inform the doctor if your child has the following conditions:
- family history of fits or seizures
- history of Guillain-Barre syndrome (an immune disorder that affects the nerves) 6 weeks after immunisation against tetanus infection
- history of having a high fever, collapsing, inconsolable crying or experiencing fits or seizures 2-3 days after immunisation against pertussis infection
- weak immune system
- moderate or severe illness (with or without fever)
- uncontrolled brain or nerve disease
- bleeding disorder
- low platelet count
Be sure to inform the doctor or pharmacist if your child is born prematurely.
If your child is going for any laboratory test, inform the doctor that he/she was recently immunised with DTP-HIB-HBV-POL vaccine.
DTP-HIB-HBV-POL vaccine may cause any of the following side effects: restlessness, weakness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, rashes, injection site reactions including redness, pain or swelling.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert the doctor quickly if your child experience any of the following:
- signs and symptoms of allergic reactions e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes
- high fever, inconsolable crying, fits or seizures
Inform the doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if your child experience other side effects.
Always notify the doctor and pharmacist if your child is taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Store in original packaging to protect from light.
Keep away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.