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My baby is given the 6th month's vaccination 2 days back by a new PED. According to her schedule, we had to give polio(OPV + IPV) and Hep B. The Doctor has given her Pentavac PFS and OPV saying Pentavac includes both Hep B & IPV. But I saw some where that Pentavac does not contain IPV. If so, do we need to give IPV separately now? We had given her Pentaxim at 2, 3 and 4 months. Kindly help.

Hi Lidia,

There is lot of confusion/ mistakes here...If 3 doses of Pentaxim were already given (which contains IPV), there is absolutely NO NEED to give IPV at 6 months. After 3 doses of IPV, OPV only has to be given at 6 months and 9 months of age. IPV booster is recommended at 16-18 months (along with DPT and Hib booster).

There was also NO NEED of Pentavac PFS as it is a combinatio of DPT, Hib and Heaptitis B. At 6 months (5 months after 3nd dose of Hepatitis B vaccine), only Hepatitis vaccine is recommended.

In future vaccination please do see the official recommendations of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP). You can see the latest immunization chart at:

Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India



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I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query that requires diagnosing, since it is not possible to examine a child online.


I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 17 years of experience in the field.

Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (

(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene ( (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 ( ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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