Infanrix is a combination vaccine used to prevent several diseases, including pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria. It works by "tricking" the body into thinking it has been exposed to these different infections. This is a routine childhood vaccine that is given in a series of five injections, with the final shot given before six years of age.
What Is Infanrix?
Infanrix® (DTaP) is a childhood vaccine. It is a combined vaccine that provides protection against the following diseases:
- Pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
(Click Infanrix Uses for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
Thimerosal Content and Other Concerns
Infanrix does not contain thimerosal (a mercury-containing preservative) or other preservatives. Parents who are concerned about exposing their children to this substance can be confident that this vaccine has no thimerosal -- not even trace amounts. Some parents are concerned about the aluminum content of vaccines; Infanrix contains aluminum (0.625 mg or less per dose).
This vaccine is not made from human fetal components, as some vaccines are. While it is made using bovine (cow) materials, the materials come from countries that do not have (or are not at high risk for) bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease.
Who Makes Infanrix?
Infanrix is made by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals.