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When and How to Get Vaccinated

Some general considerations to keep in mind with this vaccine include the following:
  • ActHIB is typically given as four separate doses during early childhood.
  • This vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually in the thigh or upper arm.
  • Children can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the ActHIB vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.

Dosing Information

The particular dosing schedule for this vaccine depends on the age of the child at the first dose of the vaccine (see ActHIB Dosage for more information).

Side Effects of ActHIB

Just like any vaccine, ActHIB may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives it will experience problems. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects, if any.
If adverse reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common reactions to this product include, but are not limited to:
  • Redness, warmth, or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever.
(Click ActHIB Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

ActHIB can potentially interact with a few medications (see ActHIB Drug Interactions).
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