In most cases, the standard dose of PedvaxHIB is three 0.5-mL injections, given at 2, 4, and 12 to 15 months of age. However, this schedule can vary, depending on how old the child is when the first vaccine is given. The vaccination should be postponed if the child is severely ill, but a child who has a mild illness, like the common cold, can receive PedvaxHIB.
There is only one ideal, recommended dosage for PedvaxHIB® (Hib vaccine). However, the exact schedule and the number of doses necessary may vary, depending on the age of the child at the first dose.
According to the prescribing information for PedvaxHIB, the ideal, standard PedvaxHIB dose is three injections (0.5 mL each), administered in the upper arm or thigh muscle, at 2, 4, and 12 to 15 months of age.
If your child is 11 months or older when he or she received the first dose of this vaccine, the full three-dose series is not necessary. For children receiving the first PedvaxHIB dosage at age 11 to 14 months of age, only two doses are recommended, with two months between the two injections. For children receiving the first dose at 15 months of age or older, only one shot is needed.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend vaccinating most individuals age five and older for Hib, even if they have not received any doses of any Hib vaccine. Vaccination may be considered for an older child at an especially high risk for invasive Hib diseases, such as a child with no spleen, HIV, or sickle cell anemia.
Some considerations to keep in mind with the PedvaxHIB vaccine include the following:
- PedvaxHIB is typically given as three separate dosages 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 vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosing with PedvaxHIB, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.