With the introduction of Pentavalent vaccine , children need not take separate vaccines for hepatitis 1, 2 and 3. Instead they will be administered one common vaccine.

ut the new Pentavalent vaccine will have five antigens for DPT and hepatitis in a single formulation, thus reducing the total number of doses, he added. With this, six separate doses of DPT and Hepatitits will be replaced by three doses of Pentavalent. Not only this, the new vaccine will give protection from haemophilus influenzae b (Hib), which is considered one of the leading causes of meningitis and pneumonia in children. According to World Health Organization, annually 2.4 to 3 million cases of Hib occur in India. “The introduction of Hib vaccine in India will reduce infant mortality