Some general considerations to keep in mind with the PedvaxHIB vaccine include the following:
- This vaccine is typically given as three separate doses during early childhood.
- PedvaxHIB 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.
The particular dosing schedule for this vaccine depends on the age of the child when the first dose is given (see PedvaxHIB Dosage for more information).
Just like any vaccine, PedvaxHIB may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccination will experience problems. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects, if any.
If adverse reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious problems are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with PedvaxHIB include, but are not limited to:
- Soreness, swelling, or redness at the injection site.
(Click PedvaxHIB Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
PedvaxHIB can potentially interact with a few medications (see PedvaxHIB Drug Interactions).