Sanofi Pasteur recently received approval from the FDA for a new vaccine named Quadracel. It is a combination of Sanofi’s DTaP (Daptacel) and their inactivated polio vaccine (IPOL). Glaxo has a similar combined DTaP-polio vaccine called Kinrix.
Let’s see how much you know about these two vaccines. (For those of you who have started gin and tonic season a little early, we’ll make this quiz a little easier with a true-false format rather than multiple choice.)
1. Both vaccines have the same 3 strains of inactivated polio viruses. T or F
2. Both vaccines have the same 4 strains of pertussis antigens. T or F
3. Because of immune interference, both vaccines have a higher amount of polio antigen in them as compared with the inactivated polio vaccine. T or F
4. The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices states a preference that the same manufacturer’s DTaP vaccine be used for all of the first 5 doses. T or F
5. If a 7-year-old child with delayed vaccines needs both a DTaP and IPV, you can use either Kinrix or Quadracel to meet this need, thereby reducing by one the number of separate shots this child will need. T or F
6. If an unvaccinated 4-year-old child is now going to get caught up on vaccines, you can use Quadracel but not Kinrix more than once as you get this child fully vaccinated. T or F