Comvax Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is haemophilus B and hepatitis B vaccine (Comvax)?
- What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (Comvax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (Comvax)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Comvax)?
- How is this vaccine given (Comvax)?
- What happens if I a dose is missed (Comvax)?
- What happens if there is an overdose (Comvax)?
- What should be avoided before or after receiving this vaccine (Comvax)?
- What other drugs will affect haemophilus B and hepatitis B vaccine (Comvax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Comvax)?
A hepatitis B vaccine will not protect you against infection with hepatitis A, C, and E, or other viruses that affect the liver. It may also not protect you from hepatitis B if you are already infected with the virus, even if you do not yet show symptoms.
Your child should not receive this vaccine if the child is allergic to baker's yeast, or if he or she has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any vaccine containing haemophilus B or hepatitis B.
Your child should also not receive this vaccine if the child has received cancer chemotherapy or radiation treatment in the past 3 months.
Before receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor if your child has:
- multiple sclerosis;
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or easy bruising;
- a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- an allergy to latex rubber;
- a weak immune system caused by disease, bone marrow transplant, or by using certain medicines or receiving cancer treatments; or
- if the child is taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).
Your child can still receive a vaccine if he or she has a cold or fever. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until the child gets better before receiving this vaccine.
How is this vaccine given (Comvax)?
This vaccine is given as an injection (shot) into a muscle. Your child will receive this injection in a doctor's office or other clinic setting.
The haemophilus B and hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot is usually given when the child is 2 months old. Booster shots may also be given at 4 months and 12 to 15 month of age. Your child's individual booster schedule may be different from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by the health department of the state you live in.
Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) when the shot is given and for the next 24 hours. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medicine to give your child.
It is especially important to prevent fever from occurring in a child who has a seizure disorder such as epilepsy.
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