Baby vaccination: Is the 6-in-1 better?

January 04, 2016
  • Is the 6-in-1 vaccine better than the 5-in-1 since it costs more?
    1 / 3 Is the 6-in-1 vaccine better than the 5-in-1 since it costs more?

    Yes, the 6-in-1 jab is more expensive. And if your baby is a Singaporean citizen, the 5-in-1 is free at polyclinics, specialist paediatrician and neonatologist Dr Natalie Epton shares.

    Yet, both variations are equally effective at providing immunity to all their vaccine components: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and haemophilus influenza type B (HIB).

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  • What is the difference between 6-in-1 vaccine and the 5-in-1?
    2 / 3 What is the difference between 6-in-1 vaccine and the 5-in-1?

    The difference is that the 6-in-1 also contains the hepatitis B vaccine component.

    This reduces the number of jabs your baby receives, as two of the three scheduled hepatitis B vaccine doses can be combined with other scheduled vaccinations (the first is usually given as a single dose at the time of birth), rather than as separate, additional shots.

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  • Will my baby have a fever after vaccination?
    3 / 3 Will my baby have a fever after vaccination?

    Some parents are concerned about the increased risk of fever when the hepatitis B component is included, but this worry is unfounded.

    Fever due to the 5-in-1 or the 6-in-1 vaccine is usually due to the pertussis vaccine component.

    Babies who receive the 6-in-1 shots are just as able to mount a good immune response to all the vaccine components – having the additional hepatitis B component does not “overwhelm” their immune systems.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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