DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine (Pentacel)

Paediatr Drugs. 2008;10(6):405-16. doi: 10.2165/0148581-200810060-00008.


The combination vaccine diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis adsorbed, inactivated poliovirus and Haemophilus b conjugate (tetanus toxoid conjugate) vaccine (DTaP-IPV/Hib), which has been exclusively used in Canada for more than 10 years, is the first DTaP-based vaccine approved in the US that includes both poliovirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) antigens. In clinical trials, the combined DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine induced high immunogenecity against all of the vaccine antigens, including Hib. Administration of the DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine as a four-dose series in infants provided high levels of seroprotection against diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, poliovirus types 1, 2, and 3, and Hib polyribosyl-ribitol-phosphate capsular polysaccharide conjugated to tetanus toxoid (PRP-T). Immune responses produced after doses 3 and 4 of DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine were noninferior to those seen with separately administered DTaP, inactivated poliovirus, and Hib vaccines, apart from those against PRP-T in one study. Seroconversion rates for the five pertussis components in DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine were noninferior to those seen in infants receiving the separately administered vaccines. A serology bridging study showed the noninferiority of four doses of DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine to three doses of a DTaP vaccine in terms of seroconversion rates for filamentous hemagglutinin and fimbriae 2 and 3, but not pertactin. There were no clinically relevant changes in the immunogenicity of DTaP-IPV/Hib when coadministered with pneumococcal-7-valent-CRM197 vaccine or measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and varicella zoster vaccine at 15 months. The tolerability profile of DTaP-IPV/Hib vaccine was generally similar to that of separately administered DTaP, IPV, and Hib vaccines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibody Formation
  • Antigens, Viral
  • Diphtheria / immunology
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccine
  • Haemophilus Vaccines
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b / immunology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Poliovirus / immunology
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated
  • Tetanus / immunology
  • Vaccines, Combined* / administration & dosage
  • Vaccines, Combined* / immunology
  • Vaccines, Combined* / therapeutic use
  • Whooping Cough / immunology


  • Antigens, Viral
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccine
  • Haemophilus Vaccines
  • Poliovirus Vaccine, Inactivated
  • Vaccines, Combined
  • pentacel