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Hib Vaccine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is the Hib vaccine?

The Hib vaccine is an injection given in 3 or 4 doses to help prevent a Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infection. Hib is a common bacterial infection that spreads when a person coughs, sneezes, or shares utensils. The Hib vaccine is often given with polio, hepatitis B, pneumococcal, and DTaP vaccines. Your child may need these or other childhood vaccines at certain ages.

Who should get the Hib vaccine?

What should I do if my child misses a dose of the Hib vaccine?

Talk to your child's doctor about when to bring your child in for a catch-up dose.

Who should not get the Hib vaccine or should wait to get it?

Your child should not get the Hib vaccine if he or she had an allergic reaction to the vaccine. Your child should not get the vaccine if he or she is allergic to latex, gelatin, thimerosal (mercury), or any other part of the vaccine. Tell your child's doctor about all of your child's allergies. If your child is sick or has a fever, wait until he or she recovers before getting the vaccine.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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