Haemophilus Influenzae Type B Vaccine
What Is Hib Disease?Haemophilus influenzae type B, or Hib, is a bacteria that can cause infections. It usually occurs in children under 5 years old. Hib can lead to:
- Swelling in the throat
- Other types of infections
- Stiff neck
- Other symptoms, depending on the part of the body affected
What Is the Hib Vaccine?The Hib vaccine is made from inactive parts of the bacteria. It is injected into the muscle.
Who Should Be Vaccinated and When?In general, children should get doses at:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 12-15 months
What Are the Risks Associated With the Hib Vaccine?Like any vaccine, the Hib vaccine can cause serious problems, such as a severe allergic reaction. Most people do not have any problems. Some people have redness, warmth, or swelling near the injection site, as well as a fever.Acetaminophen is sometimes given to reduce pain and fever that may occur after getting a vaccine. In infants, the medication may weaken the vaccine. Discuss the risks and benefits of taking acetaminophen with the doctor.