What Should I Tell My Child's Healthcare Provider?
Before your child receives ActHIB®
), tell the healthcare provider if your child has:
- Had any sort of a reaction to a vaccine
- A moderate or severe illness
- An immune-suppressing condition, such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- A bleeding disorder
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also tell the healthcare provider about any medications your child is taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With ActHIB
Warnings and safety precautions to be aware of with this vaccine include the following:
- Make sure the healthcare provider knows if your child has ever had any serious reaction to a vaccine. In some cases, this and other vaccines may not be recommended.
- If you have an immune-suppressing condition, ActHIB may not be as effective as usual for protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
- ActHIB does not contain thimerosal (a mercury-containing preservative). Parents who are concerned about exposing their children to thimerosal can be confident that this vaccine has no thimerosal -- not even trace amounts. Some parents also are concerned about the aluminum content of vaccines; ActHIB does not contain aluminum.
- This vaccine is not made from human fetal components or animal components, unlike some vaccines.
- Care must be taken when giving any intramuscular injection, including ActHIB, to individuals with bleeding disorders or who are taking anticoagulant medications ("blood thinners"). In some cases, your child's healthcare provider may decide that the risk of the injection is not worth the benefit.
- Your child can receive ActHIB if he or she has a mild illness, such as the common cold. However, it is usually best to postpone the vaccine in the case of a moderate or severe illness.
- This vaccine may interfere with urine tests for Haemophilus influenzae type b. If your child's healthcare provider suspects that your child may have a Hib disease, another type of test other than a urine test should be used.
- ActHIB is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means it is unknown if it is safe for use during pregnancy. However, this is a childhood vaccine and should not be given to pregnant women.
- At this time, it is unknown if ActHIB passes through breast milk. However, this is a childhood vaccine and should not be given to breastfeeding women.