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Pedvax HIB Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is haemophilus B conjugate (PRP-OMP) vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
- What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving haemophilus B conjugate (PRP-OMP) vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
- How is this vaccine given (Pedvax HIB)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pedvax HIB)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pedvax HIB)?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
- What other drugs will affect this vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving haemophilus B conjugate (PRP-OMP) vaccine (Pedvax HIB)?
Your child should not receive this vaccine if he or she has ever had an allergic reaction to a haemophilus B or a meningococcal vaccine, or if the child has received cancer chemotherapy or radiation treatment in the past 3 months..
Before receiving haemophilus B conjugate vaccine, tell your child's doctor if the child is allergic to any drugs, or has:
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or easy bruising;
- a history of seizures;
- a neurologic disorder or disease affecting the brain (or if this was a reaction to a previous vaccine);
- 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).
FDA pregnancy category C. This vaccine may be harmful to an unborn baby and should not be given to a pregnant woman.
Haemophilus B conjugate vaccine should not be given to a woman who is breast-feeding a baby.
How is this vaccine given (Pedvax HIB)?
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.
Haemophilus B conjugate vaccine is given to children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years old. It may also be given to an older child with a medical conditions such as HIV or AIDS, sickle cell disease, or who is receiving cancer treatments or a bone marrow transfusion.
The haemophilus B conjugate vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot may be given when the child is at least 2 months old. Booster shots may be given at 12 to 15 months 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 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.
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.
Additional Pedvax HIB Information
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