Comparison of acellular and whole-cell pertussis-component DTP vaccines. A multicenter double-blind study in 4- to 6-year-old children

Am J Dis Child. 1990 Jan;144(1):41-5. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150250047029.


An acellular pertussis-component combined diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and pertussis (APDT) vaccine adsorbed was compared with a licensed whole-cell pertussis-component combined diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and pertussis (DTP) vaccine adsorbed for reactogenicity and immunogenicity when given as the fifth DTP immunization to eighty-two 4- to 6-year-old children. The reaction rates with both vaccines were low; APDT vaccine recipients had significantly less pain and warmth at the injection site than did DTP vaccine recipients. Antibody responses to pertussis antigens (lymphocytosis-promoting factor, filamentous hemagglutinin, and agglutinogens) and to diphtheria and tetanus toxoids were all brisk. The APDT vaccine recipients had a more marked response in antibodies to filamentous hemagglutinin and a less marked response in agglutinins than whole-cell vaccine recipients. On the day after immunization, both APDT and DTP vaccine recipients had an increase in mean leukocyte and neutrophil counts. This APDT vaccine is immunogenic and less reactogenic than a DTP vaccine with a whole-cell pertussis component when administered as a booster to 4- to 6-year-old children.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Agglutinins / immunology
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / biosynthesis*
  • Antigens, Bacterial / immunology
  • Bordetella pertussis / immunology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diphtheria Toxoid / immunology
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccine / adverse effects
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccine / immunology*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Hemagglutinins / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunization, Secondary*
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Random Allocation
  • Tetanus Toxoid / immunology


  • Agglutinins
  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Antigens, Bacterial
  • Diphtheria Toxoid
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccine
  • Hemagglutinins
  • Tetanus Toxoid