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Can I give a combined vaccine of DTP and Hib to my child?

Q: My son is one month old. The first round of vaccines are taken (BCG, Hepatitis B) separately. He took the second dose of Hepatitis B vaccine after one month. Is it ok to take the combined vaccine for the DTP and Hib? Is the combined vaccine effective and recommended?

A:Yes, the combined vaccine is safe and effective. It can be administered to your child. This is an expensive vaccine - the benefit, for the cost, is the extremely rare nature of side effects, which anyhow are fairly rare with DTP and Hib vaccine combination. If you can easily afford the cost, go for it. Else you can give two vaccines separately at the same time, namely, DTP and Hib.

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