Pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus

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Tripacel vaccine (CSL)
0.5 mL single dose vials or ampoules of acellular pertussis antigens, diphtheria toxoid and tetanus toxoid

Indication: immunisation

AMH Section 20.1

This product is the second preparation of triple antigen to include acellular pertussis vaccine. The first product on the market contained 3 purified antigens of Bordetella pertussis. This product contains two additional antigens.

In clinical studies, the efficacy of the vaccine was 85%. Like its competitor, the vaccine causes fewer reactions than whole cell vaccine. The incidence of adverse effects is comparable to that seen with combined diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.

At present, the inclusion of 5 antigens does not seem to give this vaccine a significant clinical advantage over the other acellular vaccine.