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Generic Name: Haemophilus B Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine (hem-OFF-fil-us pol-i-SAK-ka-ride)
Brand Name: Examples include ActHIB and PedvaxHIB

PedvaxHIB is used for:

Preventing infection caused by Haemophilus influenza type b bacteria and/or diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

PedvaxHIB is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against the organism that causes H. influenza infection.

Do NOT use PedvaxHIB if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in PedvaxHIB
  • you have an infection

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using PedvaxHIB :

Some medical conditions may interact with PedvaxHIB . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, including latex
  • if you have a bleeding disorder or a reduced blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia), a fever, or cancer, or you have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with PedvaxHIB . However, no specific interactions with PedvaxHIB are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if PedvaxHIB may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use PedvaxHIB :

Use PedvaxHIB as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • PedvaxHIB is usually administered as an injection at your doctor"s office, hospital, or clinic. Ask your doctor any questions that you may have about PedvaxHIB .
  • If you miss a dose of PedvaxHIB , contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use PedvaxHIB .

Important safety information:

  • Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking immunosuppressive therapy (eg, cyclophosphamide, methotrexate) or an anticoagulant (eg, warfarin).
  • It is important that your child completes the vaccination series.
  • If your child has a fever or an infection, your doctor may delay giving this vaccine.
  • Make sure your health care provider has a complete record of your child"s vaccinations and is aware of your child"s current health status.
  • PedvaxHIB may cause fever, irritability, and redness, tenderness, or a lump at the injection site. These symptoms should go away within 1 to 2 days.
  • PedvaxHIB is not recommended for use in INFANTS younger than 2 months or CHILDREN older than 6 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in these age groups have not been confirmed.

Possible side effects of PedvaxHIB :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Fever; irritability; redness, tenderness, pain, swelling, or a lump at the injection site; sleepiness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); seizures.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of PedvaxHIB :

PedvaxHIB is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using PedvaxHIB at home, store PedvaxHIB as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep PedvaxHIB out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about PedvaxHIB , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • PedvaxHIB is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about PedvaxHIB . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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