How Does Hiberix Work?
Hiberix contains Hib polysaccharides, which are basically sugar molecules from the outside coating of the Hib bacteria. Simply stated, the components of this vaccine "trick" the body into thinking it has been exposed to Hib, without the risk of being exposed to the actual bacteria. The body produces antibodies that will help fight the infections if future exposure occurs.
When and How to Get Vaccinated
Some general considerations include the following:
- This vaccine is typically given as a single booster dose for children ages 15 months through four years of age.
- Hiberix is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually in the upper arm or thigh.
- Children can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.
Hiberix Dosing Information
There is only one standard recommended dosage for this vaccine.
(Click Hiberix Dosage for more information.)
As with any vaccine, Hiberix may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects (if any).
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Pain and redness at the injection site
(Click Hiberix Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)