Painless vaccine for Whooping Cough?
Updated July 2016
Vaccine and painless? Sounds like an answer to a prayer. Who in their right mind would like to cause pain to babies right?
Painful vaccine for whooping cough or Painless? If the answer was limited only to the “pain ” factor of the vaccine, I would probably not even bother with this post.
But few things in life are that simple. Being parents mean, you have to take enormous ‘pains’ to make the right choice.
The right choice and easy choice are not always best friends. With several types of research over the year, facts about the two types of DPT vaccine has become clear.
Though my aim is to help you take the right decision, you should always consult your paediatrician in case you have difficulty deciding.
What Is Painless Vaccine?
The painless vaccine is the popular name of acellular Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine .
It is generally given as a combination vaccine,DaPT (Diphtheria,acellular-Pertussis , Tetanus).
What is Painful Vaccine?
Painful vaccine is also Pertussis vaccine like the painless vaccine , but it is whole cell vaccine.This too is given as a DwPT combination. So,both these vaccines are Pertussis vaccines, with a few important differentiating factors.
Pros of Painless vaccine for whooping cough
Post-vaccination side effects , like high fever, persistent cry, local site painful swelling etc are less common , in this variety than a Painful vaccine.
If a Painless vaccine is available ,why the necessity of a Painful vaccine?
Experience with the Painless vaccine in industrialised countries, has unfortunately brought forward two important facts:
1) Painful, vaccine (whole-cell) for DPT: Better priming,which means initial sensitization to the antigen (bacteria) is better . Thus antibody production is more and protection is superior.
2) The painless vaccine has a faster period of waning that is the immunity provided by the painless vaccine decreases faster than the painful vaccine. These two reasons are responsible for recent recurrence of whooping cough in many of the countries using only Painless vaccine.
Why do we need to vaccinate our children against Pertussis?
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