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    Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine

    Immunization- Hib; Vaccine - Haemophilus influenzaetype b conjugate

    The Hib vaccine prevents Hib disease. This illness can be severe and life-threatening. The illness:

    • Is caused bythe bacterium calledHaemophilus influenzaetype b (Hib for short)
    • Can affect the ears, brain, lungs, bones or joints, or blood
    • Commonly affects children 6 to 12 months old, but can occur in older children and adults who have certain medical conditions

    Information

    Hib vaccine is made from smaller pieces of the whole Hib bacterium. After getting the vaccine, the body learns to attack Hib bacteria ifthepersonis exposed to it. As a result, theperson will probably notget sick with infections caused by the bacteria.

    WHO SHOULD GET THIS VACCINE

    Hib vaccine is one of the recommended childhood vaccines.Many states require proof that a child has received the vaccine beforestarting day care or preschool.

    Two vaccine brands are available. Depending on whichbrand is given, infants and toddlers should getthree or four doses (shots) total.One dose should bereceived at each of the following ages:

    • 2 months
    • 4 months
    • 6 months (depending on vaccine brand)
    • 12 to 15 months

    Hib can be given as a shot by itself.Or it can be combined with other vaccines and given as a single injection. Your health care provider can tell you ifthe combinedvaccine is right for your child.

    Children older than5 and adults do not need toget Hib vaccineunless they have certain medical conditions. These conditionsinclude HIV, sickle cell disease,among others. Your health care provider can tell you if this applies to you or your child.

    WHO SHOULD NOT GET THIS VACCINE

    • Infantsyounger than 6 weeks old.
    • Children who received a dose of the vaccine and developed a serious allergy from it.
    • Children who are ill with something more severethan a cold or have a fever should have their vaccination rescheduled.

    RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS

    Most infants whoget Hib vaccine have no problems from it. Others may havemild problems such as soreness and redness where the shot was given or alow fever. Serious problems from the vaccine are rare and are mainly due to allergic reactions to parts of the vaccine.

    There is noproof thatlinks Hib vaccine to the development ofautism.

    No vaccine works all of the time.It is possible, though unlikely,to get infections caused by Hib even after receiving all doses (shots) of the Hib vaccine.

    CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF:

    • You are not sure if the child should get Hib vaccine
    • Serioussymptoms appear after the vaccine has been given
    • You have questions or concerns about the vaccine

    References

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years and Adults Aged 19 Years and Older -United States, 2013. MMWR. 2013;62(Suppl1):1-19.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccine safety and adverse events. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/safety/default.htm. Accessed April 19, 2013.

    DeStefano F, Price CS, Weintraub ES. Increasing exposure to antibody-stimulating proteins and polysaccharides in vaccines is not associated with risk of autism. J Pediatr. 2013; DOI10.1016/j.peds.2013.02.001.

    Institute of Medicine. Immunization Safety Review Committee. Imunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2004.

    Orenstein WA, Atkinson WL. Immunization. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 17.

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            Review Date: 2/21/2013

            Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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