ActHIB Vaccine

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What is ActHIB Vaccine?

Common Brand(s): Acthib, Hibtiter

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 4 or in adults.

Uses

  • Haemophilus B influenzae prevention

Usage Instructions

Read all vaccine information available from your health care professional before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.

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 health care professional, or the vaccine may not work as well. Keep all scheduled medical appointments.

Vaccines are usually given in a series of doses to provide the best protection. Closely follow the vaccination schedule provided by your health care professional. Keep all scheduled medical appointments. It may be helpful to mark a calendar as a reminder. There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on your age, vaccination history, and previous reaction to vaccines, your health care professional will decide which vaccines are best for you. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your health care professional.

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.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.