Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine

Generic Name: haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine (hem-OFF-fil-us pol-i-SAK-ka-ride)
Brand Name: Hiberix

Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is used for:

Preventing infection caused by Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae) type b bacteria in children 15 months through 4 years old (before the fifth birthday). Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is to be used as a booster dose. It is not approved for use as an initial vaccination.

Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is a vaccine. It works by causing your immune system to produce antibodies that help to prevent infection caused by H. influenzae.

Do NOT use haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) to a prior H. influenzae type b vaccine or to any tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, including latex
  • if you have a bleeding disorder or a reduced blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia), an infection or a fever, cancer, or you have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past
  • if you have developed a certain nervous system problem (Guillain-Barré syndrome) after receiving a tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine in the past
  • if you have immune system problems, or if you are receiving radiation treatments or are taking medicine that may suppress your immune system, such as chemotherapy (eg, cyclophosphamide) or corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)
  • if you are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. However, no specific interactions with haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine:

Use haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor any questions that you may have about haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine.
  • Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine should be a clear to colorless solution. Do not use haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • It is important that your child complete the vaccination series.
  • If your child has a fever or an infection, your doctor may delay giving this vaccine.
  • Make sure your health care provider has a complete record of your child's vaccinations and is aware of your child's current health status.
  • Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine should not be used as a substitute for normal tetanus vaccinations. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine may interfere with urine H. influenzae testing within 1 to 2 weeks after it has been given. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you have received haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine.
  • Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 15 months or older than 4 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine can cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is found in breast milk. Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is not approved for use in persons older than 4 years old.

Possible side effects of haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Fever; irritability; redness, pain, or swelling at the injection site; sleepiness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); burning, numbness, or tingling; fainting; hardening at the injection site; seizures; swelling of the arm or leg that was injected; unusual or uncontrolled arm or leg movements; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine:

Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine at home, store haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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