New vaccines for immunisation schedule: Boostrix-IPV and Infanrix-IPV+Hib

From 1st July 2014, Boostrix-IPV replaces Repevax for immunisation of pregnant women and Infanrix-IPV+Hib is available as an alternative to Pediacel for childhood immunisation.

Both Boostrix-IPV and Infanrix-IPV+Hib are available to order via the ImmForm website.
Both Boostrix-IPV and Infanrix-IPV+Hib are available to order via the ImmForm website.

Boostrix-IPV replaces Repevax

The recommended vaccine offered to pregnant women (28 to 38 weeks) to protect their newborns from pertussis is changing from Repevax to Boostrix-IPV (containing diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis and inactivated poliovirus).

Repevax remains available to order for the pre-school booster programme, alongside Infanrix-IPV.

Infanrix-IPV+Hib alternative to Pediacel

Additionally, Infanrix-IPV+Hib has been introduced as an alternative infant vaccine for the primary immunisation programme, alongside Pediacel. The two vaccines are interchangeable; however, where possible the same brand should be used for all 3 doses of the primary vaccine course.

Both vaccines protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib. Infanrix-IPV+Hib contains 3 pertussis components, whilst Pediacel has 5 components but with a slightly lower antigen content. Post-licensing surveillance has not shown any differences between the vaccines in effectiveness or disease control. Pediacel is supplied as a pre-filled syringe whereas Infanrix-IPV+Hib requires reconstitution before administration. 

View Boostrix-IPV record

View Infanrix-IPV+Hib record

Further information: GlaxoSmithKline

View updated MIMS summary of routine childhood immunisation schedule

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