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Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Systemic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

  • Immunizing agent, active

Haemophilus b conjugate (hem-OFF-fil-us BEE KON-ja-gat) vaccine is an active immunizing agent used to prevent infection by Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) bacteria. The vaccine works by causing your body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease.

Haemophilus b conjugate vaccine is an haemophilus b vaccine that has been prepared by adding a diphtheria-, meningococcal-, or tetanus-related substance. However, this vaccine does not take the place of the regular diphtheria or tetanus toxoid injections (for example, DTP, DT, or T) that children should receive, the regular tetanus toxoid or diphtheria and tetanus toxoid injections (for example T or Td) that adults should receive, or the meningococcal vaccine injection that some children and adults should receive.

Infection by Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) bacteria can cause life-threatening illnesses, such as meningitis, which affects the brain; epiglottitis, which can cause death by suffocation; pericarditis, which affects the heart; pneumonia, which affects the lungs; and septic arthritis, which affects the bones and joints. Hib meningitis causes death in 5 to 10% of children who are infected. Also, approximately 30% of children who survive Hib meningitis are left with some type of serious permanent damage, such as mental retardation, deafness, epilepsy, or partial blindness.

Immunization against Hib is recommended for all children 2 months up to 5 years of age (i.e., up to the 5th birthday).

Immunization against Hib may also be recommended for adults and children over 5 years of age with certain medical problems.

This vaccine is to be administered only by or under the supervision of your doctor or other authorized health care professional. It is available in the following dosage form:

  • Injection (U.S. and Canada)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Act-Hib 4
  • Hibtiter 1
  • Pedvaxhib 3
  • Prohibit 2

In Canada -

  • Act-Hib 4
  • Hibtiter 1
  • Pedvaxhib 3
  • Prohibit 2

Other commonly used names are: HbOC , PRP-D , PRP-OMP , and PRP-T .

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (HbOC - DiphtheriaCRM 197 Protein Conjugate)‡§
2. Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (PRP-D - DiphtheriaToxoid Conjugate)‡§
3. Haemophilusb Conjugate Vaccine (PRP-OMP - Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)§
4. Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (PRP-T - TetanusProtein Conjugate)‡§
‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.
§ Generic name product may be available in Canada


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