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MenHibrix

MenHibrix Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: MenHibrix

Generic Name: haemophilus B and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Pronunciation: hem OFF il us B and me NIN je KOK al KON je gate vax EEN)

What is haemophilus B and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenHibrix)?

Haemophilus B is a type of influenza (flu) caused by bacteria. This bacteria can infect the lungs or throat, and can also spread to the blood, bones, joints, brain, or spinal cord. It can cause breathing problems or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord), and can be fatal.

Meningococcal disease is a serious infection caused by a bacteria. Meningococcal bacteria can infect the blood, spinal cord, and brain, and can cause meningitis. These conditions can be fatal.

Haemophilus B influenza and meningococcal disease can spread from one person to another through small droplets of saliva that are expelled into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The bacteria can also be passed through contact with objects the infected person has touched, such as a door handle, or other surface. The bacteria can also be passed through kissing, or sharing a drinking glass or eating utensil with an infected person.

The haemophilus B and meningococcal conjugate vaccine is used to help prevent these diseases in children.

This vaccine works by exposing your child to a small dose of bacteria or a protein from the bacteria, which causes your body to develop immunity to the disease. This vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.

Haemophilus B and meningococcal conjugate vaccine is for use in children between the ages of 6 weeks and 18 months old.

Like any vaccine, haemophilus B conjugate vaccine may not provide protection from disease in every person.

What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (MenHibrix)?

Your child should not receive a booster vaccine if he or she had a life threatening allergic reaction after the first shot. Keep track of any and all side effects your child has after receiving this vaccine. When the child receives a booster dose, you will need to tell the doctor if the previous shot caused any side effects.

Becoming infected with haemophilus B influenza or meningitis is much more dangerous to your child's health than receiving this vaccine. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

Get emergency medical help if your child has any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if the child has a serious side effect such as:

  • severe weakness, trouble breathing;
  • extreme drowsiness, fainting;
  • fussiness, irritability, crying for an hour or longer;
  • seizure (convulsions); or
  • high fever (within a few hours or a few days after the vaccine).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • redness, pain, swelling, or a lump where the shot was given;
  • low fever;
  • mild fussiness or crying;
  • loss of appetite;
  • drowsiness; or
  • diarrhea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-822-7967.

Read the MenHibrix (meningococcal groups c and y and haemophilus b tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (MenHibrix)?

Your child should not receive this vaccine if he or she has ever had a life threatening allergic reaction to any meningococcal, haemophilus B, or tetanus vaccine.

Before your child receives this vaccine, tell your doctor if the child has a weak immune system, if the child was born prematurely, or if the child has ever had Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks after receiving a vaccine that contains tetanus.

Your child can still receive a vaccine if he or she has a minor cold. 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.

Your child should not receive a booster vaccine if he or she had a life threatening allergic reaction after the first shot. Keep track of any and all side effects your child has after receiving this vaccine. When the child receives a booster dose, you will need to tell the doctor if the previous shot caused any side effects.

Be sure your child receives all recommended doses of this vaccine. Your child may not be fully protected against disease if he or she does not receive the full series.

Becoming infected with haemophilus B influenza or meningitis is much more dangerous to your child's health than receiving this vaccine. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

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