Last updated: 04 October 2011
The DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine protects babies against five different diseases:
It is also known as the 5-in-1 vaccine.
The DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine does not contain mercury (thiomersal).
Who should have it
The combined DTaP/IPV/Hib is the first in a course of vaccines offered to babies to protect them against these five diseases. The vaccine is offered when babies are two, three and four months old (see When it is needed).
How effective is this vaccine?
The DTaP/IPV/Hib produces very effective immunity (resistance) to diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hib and polio infections.
Before being granted a licence, the safety, quality and effectiveness of all medicines, including vaccines, is thoroughly tested. However, as with other medicines, vaccines can have side effects in some people.
See DTaP/IPV/Hib - side effects for more information.
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