Dr Al Mousawi said while the DPT vaccine
has dramatically cut down the risks of disease and death among children, exposing them to even a very small amount of these serious infections can cause side-effects.
As a result, the DPT vaccine
now costs $160 for a 15-dose vial, while the DT vaccine costs just $6.
Shannon Whitter was due to have the DPT vaccine
- diptheria, pertussis and tetanus.
Ann-Marie Walker, of Birkenhead, is one of more than 100 parents who say their children have been left with severe disabilities by the combined DPT vaccine
Daniel had the DPT vaccine
at three months old, at the time we were living in London and he was treated by our GP.
Dr Blackwell added: "The DPT vaccine
is doing its job already.
None of us knew each other but each of us knew we wanted to find out the truth about the DPT vaccine
and help other parents protect their children from being hurt like ours were.
Fine mentioned that the highly effective DPT vaccine
for whooping cough is no longer manufactured due to liability concerns.
In reviewing existing data, the panel found a link between the pertussis component of the DPT vaccine
and anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
For those of us old enough to remember the devastating effect of diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus before the diphtheriapertussis-tetanus vaccine virtually wiped out these childhood diseases, the routine administration of DPT vaccine
to our infants at ages 2,4 and 6 months, with boosters at 18 months and again when first entering school, was a blessing for which we parents were deeply grateful.