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Isr Med Assoc J. 2009 Dec;11(12):735-8.

Reduced rate of side effects associated with separate administration of MMR and DTaP-Hib-IPV vaccinations.

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  • 1School of Public Health, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

According to the Israeli immunization schedule, 1 year old babies should receive two concomitant vaccinations: MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), and DTap-Hib-IPV (diphtheria tetanus acellular pertussis-Haemophilus influenzae type b-poliomyelitis). However, about one-third of infants in Israel receive these vaccinations separately. Nurses at a primary care prevention clinic in Israel observed that the separate mode of vaccination is associated with a lower rate of side effects.

OBJECTIVES:

To validate this observation and determine whether it represents an exception or the rule.

METHODS:

A nested prospective follow-up study was conducted in a primary care clinic in Israel. The survey included 191 mothers and their offspring born during 2004/2005. The mothers were interviewed over the telephone 2 weeks after the day of vaccination.

RESULTS:

The rate of adverse effects in children who received the injections separately was significantly lower than among those who were vaccinated simultaneously (40% vs. 57%).

CONCLUSIONS:

It may be necessary to reconsider the current vaccination policy regarding concomitant injections.

PMID:
20166340
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