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How Does It Work?

This vaccine contains several different components, namely tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis antigens, and an inactivated (killed) polio virus. None of the components are "live," which means that Kinrix cannot cause diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, or polio. This is especially important for polio, since a different polio vaccine (the oral polio vaccine) can actually cause the disease in rare cases.
Simply stated, the components in Kinrix "trick" the body into thinking it has been exposed to these different infections. The body produces antibodies that will help fight the infection if future exposure occurs.

When and How to Get Kinrix

Some general considerations to keep in mind regarding Kinrix include the following:
  • Kinrix is typically given as a single booster dose for children four to six years old.
  • This vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually in the upper arm.
  • Children can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dose for this vaccine(see Kinrix Dosage for more information).

Side Effects of Kinrix

Just like any vaccine, Kinrix may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience problems. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects, if any. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with Kinrix include but are not limited to:
  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Drowsiness
  • Fever.
(Click Kinrix Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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