Brand name:- Pentavac
Composition:- Diphtheria Toxoid (30IU) + Tetanus Toxoid (40IU) + Pertussis Toxoid (41IU) + Hepatitis B Vaccine (rDNA) (10mcg) + Haemophilus Type B Conjugate Vaccine (10mcg)
Manufacturer:- Serum Institute of India Ltd
Indication:- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus Influenzae type b infections.
Storage:- Store in a refrigerator
Pentavac vaccine is a combination of medicine that helps to prevent infections like Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus Influenzae type b infections. This vaccine works by stimulating the body’s immune system to act against serious bacterial infections. It may cause some temporary side effects like swelling and pain at the injection site. A nurse will administer this vaccine to you under the supervision of medical professionals.
Pentavac vaccine is an active immunization that helps the immune system to fight against microorganisms and it is recommended for all children 2 months to 5 years of age. Consult your healthcare provider for complete information regarding vaccination schedules. Benefits of the Pentavac vaccination are mentioned below:-
This vaccine protects from pertussis; it is a serious infection of the airways that can occur at any age.
Pentavac vaccine also protects from the Haemophilus Influenzae type B that causes pneumonia and infection of brain meninges.
Provides protection and stops the spread of serious bacterial infections like tetanus (which affects the nervous system) and Diphtheria (pain and swelling in the throat).
This vaccine is contraindicated in the factors mentioned below. Here are the things you should always discuss with your medical representative before you start receiving the dose of the Pentavac vaccine. Do not receive the vaccine if any of the below stated applying to you and if you are not sure contact your medical representative or healthcare professional as soon as possible
Severe infection with a high temperature, minor infections should not be a problem.
Allergic to any other vaccine or neomycin (an antibiotic used to treat skin infections).
Allergic to any of the active ingredients present in this medication.
Side effects can be mild, moderate, or severe and many of these are easily managed or go on their own. Your healthcare professional or medical practitioner advises you on how to manage the below-mentioned side effects. Make sure to consult your healthcare provider if you experience any side effects during the course of this medicine.
Common side effects
Above mentioned side effects occur in a large proportion of cases and develop within 24 hours of the administration. If you experience such side effects and they disturb your routine activities, consult your pharmacist or medical professional.
Pentavac vaccine is recommended for all children 2 months to 5 years of age. One dose of the Pentavac vaccine is 0.5ml and it should be administered intramuscularly. This medication works as an immunomodulatory agent which helps to boost the body's immune system to develop antibodies and fight against the virus. Pentavac vaccine is administered as an injection under the skin or into the muscle of the arm (upper-side). This vaccine acts against microorganisms to prevent adverse bacterial infections. This medication is given under the supervision of medical and healthcare professionals and they will also guide you on how to cope up or manage the side effects.
Warnings and precautions
Do not forget to share and discuss your medical history or any other significant fact about your health with your healthcare professional. Below stated factors may affect the use of the Pentavac vaccine:-
The Pentavac vaccine may not be effective if you are receiving immunosuppressive therapy.
Consult your medical practitioner or healthcare professional before receiving this vaccine because the ingredients present in the Pentavac vaccine may cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Inform your healthcare professional if you have any kidney or liver-related disease.
Administration of the Pentavac vaccine is not recommended in people infected with HIV.
Your nurse may clean the area of administration with an alcoholic agent before injecting. Make sure to check if it has evaporated completely or not.
Q1. What is the Pentavac vaccine?
Ans. This vaccine is a combination of medicine that helps to prevent infections like Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus Influenzae type b infections and it works by stimulating the body’s immune system to act against serious bacterial infections.
Q2. How should I take the Pentavac vaccine?
Ans. This vaccine is given by a medical professional or a healthcare provider. It is highly advised to not self-administer.
Q3. Is the Pentavac vaccine safe to use in breastfeeding?
Ans. This vaccine may not be safe for use in breastfeeding women. However, it should be given only after knowing its possible side effects.
Q4. What are the common side effects?
Ans. Some common side effects of the Pentavac vaccine are:- fever, tiredness, weakness, pain, swelling, headache, etc. It is advisable to contact a healthcare professional urgently if side effects last longer than a usual period of time.
Q5. Does the Pentavac vaccine damage the liver?
Ans. If you have any liver-related disease consult your medical practitioner or healthcare professional.
Q6. How does Pentavac injection work?
Ans. This vaccine helps in producing antibodies that help to fight against viruses and prevent infections.
Q7. Can I take the Pentavac vaccine with other medicines?
Ans. Sometimes drugs may interact with each other so it is necessary to discuss it with your medical practitioner.
Q8. Is it safe to take the Pentavac vaccine during pregnancy?
Ans. During pregnancy, women may experience mild or severe side effects. Therefore, it is advised to contact the medical professional.
Q9. How to store the Pentavac injection?
Ans. Store this vaccine in a refrigerator. Keep it in a cool place and do not shake or freeze the vial.
Q10. In what strength the Pentavac vaccine is given?
Ans. Pentavac vaccine is administered in the strength of 0.5mL