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PedvaxHIB

Generic Name: haemophilus b polysaccharide conjugate vaccine (hem-OFF-fil-us pol-i-SAK-ka-ride)
Brand Name: Examples include ActHIB and PedvaxHIB

PedvaxHIB is used for:

Preventing infection caused by Haemophilus influenza type b bacteria in children 2 months through 5 years old.

PedvaxHIB is a vaccine. It works by causing your immune system to produce antibodies that help to prevent infection caused by H. influenza.

Do NOT use PedvaxHIB if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in PedvaxHIB

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

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Before using PedvaxHIB:

Some medical conditions may interact with PedvaxHIB. 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 rubber latex
  • if you have immune system problems (eg, weakened immune system) or HIV infection
  • 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 have a bleeding disorder or a reduced blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia), a fever, or cancer, or if you have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past
  • if you developed Guillain-Barré syndrome after receiving a tetanus-containing vaccine in the past
  • if you are taking anticoagulants (eg, warfarin)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with PedvaxHIB. However, no specific interactions with PedvaxHIB are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if PedvaxHIB 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 PedvaxHIB:

Use PedvaxHIB as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • PedvaxHIB is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor any questions that you may have about PedvaxHIB.
  • If you miss a dose of PedvaxHIB, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use PedvaxHIB.

Important safety information:

  • It is important that your child completes 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.
  • PedvaxHIB is not approved for use in INFANTS younger than 6 weeks old or CHILDREN older than 5 years old. Safety and effectiveness in these age groups have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if PedvaxHIB can cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if PedvaxHIB is found in breast milk. PedvaxHIB is not approved for use in persons older than 5 years old.

Possible side effects of PedvaxHIB:

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, tenderness, 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; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning, numbness, or tingling; fainting; hardening or lump at the injection site; seizures; 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 PedvaxHIB:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about PedvaxHIB, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • PedvaxHIB 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 PedvaxHIB 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 PedvaxHIB. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to PedvaxHIB. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using PedvaxHIB.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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