Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) Vaccine

Older Children and Adults

Children over 5 years old usually do not need Hib vaccine. But some older children or adults with special health conditions should get it. These conditions include sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, removal of the spleen, bone marrow transplant, or cancer treatment with drugs. Ask your doctor or nurse for details.

3. Some people should not get Hib vaccine or should wait

  • People who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of Hib vaccine should not get another dose.
  • Children less than 6 weeks of age should not get Hib vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely ill at the time the shot is scheduled should usually wait until they recover before getting Hib vaccine.

Ask your doctor or nurse for more information.

4. What are the risks from Hib vaccine?

A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of Hib vaccine causing serious harm or death is extremely small.

Most people who get Hib vaccine do not have any problems with it.

Mild Problems

  • Redness, warmth, or swelling where the shot was given (up to 1/4 of children)
  • Fever over 101 o F (up to 1 out of 20 children)

If these problems happen, they usually start within a day of vaccination. They may last 2-3 days.

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