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MenHibrix Warnings and Precautions

Before your child receives the MenHibrix vaccine, make sure the healthcare provider knows if your child has an immune-suppressing condition or a moderate or severe illness. Other safety precautions with MenHibrix include warnings of potential drug interactions and risks for children who have had a negative reaction to any other vaccination in the past.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your child's healthcare provider before your child receives MenHibrix® (Hib vaccine and meningococcal vaccine) if he or she has:
 
  • An immune-suppressing condition, such as HIV, AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
  • A moderate or severe illness
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
 
You should also tell the healthcare provider about all other medications your child is taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings With MenHibrix

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to receiving this vaccine include the following:
 
  • Care must be taken when giving any intramuscular injection, including MenHibrix, to individuals with bleeding disorders or those 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.
 
  • Febrile seizures (seizures associated with high fevers in young children) have been rarely associated with childhood vaccines. If your child has a tendency to get febrile seizures, ask your healthcare provider if you should give an antifever medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) to help avoid this.
 
  • Your child can receive MenHibrix 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.
 
  • Make sure your child's healthcare provider knows if your child has ever had any serious reactions to any vaccines in the past.
 
  • If your child has an immune-suppressing condition, MenHibrix may not be as effective as usual for protection against diseases.
 
  • MenHibrix is 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 MenHibrix passes through breast milk. However, this is a childhood vaccine and should not be given to women who are breastfeeding.
 
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