Kinrix Warnings and Precautions
Before your child is vaccinated with Kinrix, tell the healthcare provider if your child has a bleeding disorder or is taking anticoagulants. Other precautions and warnings with Kinrix apply to children with a progressive neurological disorder. In cases such as these, the healthcare provider may decide that the risk of the injection is not worth the benefit.
What Should I Tell My Child's Healthcare Provider?
You should talk to a healthcare provider before your child receives Kinrix® (DTaP and IPV) if your child has:
- A moderate or severe illness
- A brain or nervous system disorder
- An immune-suppressing condition, such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- A bleeding disorder
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine before
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about any medications your child is taking as well, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Kinrix
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to being vaccinated with Kinrix include the following:
- Make sure your healthcare provider knows if your child has ever had any serious reactions (including Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder) to any vaccines. In some cases, this (and other) vaccines may not be recommended.
- Care must be taken when giving any intramuscular injection (including Kinrix) to individuals with bleeding disorders or who are taking anticoagulant medications ("blood thinners"). In some cases, your child's healthcare provider may decide that the risk of the injection is not worth the benefit.
- Febrile seizures (seizures associated with high fevers in young children) have been rarely associated with vaccines, including Kinrix. If your child has a tendency to experience such seizures, ask your healthcare provider if you should give an anti-fever medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) to help avoid this.
- Your child can receive Kinrix if he or she has a mild illness, such as the common cold. However, it is usually best to postpone the vaccine in the case of a moderate or severe illness.
- If your child has an immune-suppressing condition, Kinrix may not be as effective as usual for protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio.
- Kinrix comes in vials or prefilled syringes. The vials do not contain latex. There are two different types of prefilled syringes; one definitely contains latex, and the other might contain latex. If your child has a severe latex allergy, it is probably best for your healthcare provider to use Kinrix from a vial, not a prefilled syringe.
- Kinrix is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means it is unknown if it is safe for use during pregnancy. However, this is a childhood vaccine and should not be given to pregnant women.
- At this time, it is unknown if Kinrix passes through breast milk. However, this is a childhood vaccine and should not be given to breastfeeding women.