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How Does MenHibrix Work?

This vaccine contains polysaccharide (sugar) molecules from the outside coating of the N. meningitis bacteria. This vaccine also contains Hib polysaccharides, which are sugar molecules from the outside coating of the Hib bacteria.
This vaccine "tricks" the body into thinking it has been exposed to the actual bacteria, but without the risks of a real infection. When future exposure to the bacteria occurs, the immune system "remembers" the bacteria and is better able to fight it off.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with MenHibrix include the following:
  • This vaccine is typically given as four doses. Ideally, the first dose is given at two months of age, although it can be given to newborns as young as six weeks old.
  • This vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually in the 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.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this vaccine (click MenHibrix Dosage for more information).

Side Effects of MenHibrix

Just like any vaccine, MenHibrix can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience problems. In fact, most children tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your child's healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of MenHibrix include but are not limited to:
  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness.
(Click MenHibrix Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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