"By Brenda Goodman, MA
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD
April 22, 2015 -- Sam was born Samantha.
When Samantha was 3, she drew a picture of a family. She explained that she was the daddy. By age "...
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HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE B VACCINE - INJECTION
(HEE-moe-FIL-us IN-floo-EN-za vak-SEEN)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Acthib, Hibtiter
USES: This vaccine helps protect young children from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infection. Hib is a bacterial infection that can cause serious illness, including brain infection (meningitis). Children younger than age 5 are at highest risk for infection. Vaccination is the best way to protect against this life-threatening disease. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies).
This vaccine is not usually used in children over the age of 5 or in adults.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.
This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper thigh, or in the upper arm in older children.
A series of injections is needed to provide the best protection. It is very important that your child receive all the injections ordered by the doctor, or the vaccine may not work as well. Keep all scheduled medical appointments.
Hib vaccine can be given at the same time as the other usual childhood vaccinations (e.g., diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, hepatitis, polio) either in the same injection or using a separate needle and injection site, depending on the types of vaccine being given.
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