Haemophilus Influenzae Type B Vaccine
H influenzae type b is one of 10 childhood diseases your child needs to be vaccinated against. Your pediatrician can tell you more about other vaccines to protect against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox).
Immunizations have provided protection for children for years–but the vaccines only work if you make sure your child gets immunized.
Immunization is just one important part of preventive health care for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), representing the nation's pediatricians, is dedicated to working toward a better future for our children. Join us by making sure your children receive the best possible health care.
When Should My Child Get the Hib Conjugate Vaccines?
The immunization schedule will vary depending on which vaccine your child receives and at what age the series was started. The AAP recommends that your child receive 2 or 3 doses of the vaccine between 2 to 6 months of age and a booster dose at 12 to 15 months. Your child's pediatrician will tell you about the different Hib vaccines available and the recommended immunization schedule for each.
Are There Side Effects to Hib Conjugate Vaccines?
Most children have no side effects with the Hib conjugate vaccines. There have been no serious reactions linked to these vaccines. Those side effects that sometimes occur are mild and temporary. The possible side effects include:
These symptoms may begin within 24 hours after the shot is given and usually go away within 48 to 72 hours.
Talk to your pediatrician about the possible reactions to these immunizations and when to call his or her office for more details. As with any medical problem, call your doctor promptly if you are concerned.