Temporary shortage of DTaP-IPV (Infanrix®-IPV or Quadracel®)

Advisory Alert

June 4, 2015

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A temporary change to the Catch-up Schedule 1: Unimmunized Children 1 to 6 Years of the Ontario Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule is required due to the current shortage of DTaP-IPV:

Catch-up Schedule 1 is available at:


Until a reasonable security of supply for DTaP-IPV can be obtained, we ask that you please reserve this vaccine for 5 and 6 year olds who require doses for their primary series only. Exceptions can be made in cases where a parent does not want their child to receive the extra Hib doses (if they have already completed their Hib series) or if they do not wish that their child receive Hib at all. This small cohort could also receive DTaP-IPV instead of DTaP-IPV-Hib.

When an adequate supply of DTaP-IPV resumes, messaging will be released that for those 15 to 59 months who have completed their Hib series, DTaP-IPV vaccine is the more appropriate vaccine to use, and that Catch-up Schedule 1 should be followed.

The DTaP-IPV supply issue is expected to continue through into 2016.

The following table provides temporary guidance for children aged 1 to 6 years who are missing doses of DTaP-IPV: Open in PDF 117KB

It is important that children receive the required vaccine in accordance with their age and previous immunization history. Giving an inappropriate vaccine may result in reduced protection of the child and will not count as a valid dose in accordance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act.

Health care providers and parents or guardians are reminded to notify the SDHU when any vaccination is administered to a child so that their immunization record can be updated.

Should you have any additional questions or require specific information regarding eligibility, dosing or catch-up schedules, please contact the immunization program as per below.

We will notify you when this situation has been resolved.

For all reporting, inquiries or comments, please contact: Sudbury & District Health Unit at 705.522.9200, ext. 301.

This item was last modified on September 9, 2016