HiB conjugate vaccine (meningococcal protein conjugate) is used to prevent infections caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b disease.
Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria can cause severe illness, including infections of the covering of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), lungs (pneumonia), and throat (epiglottitis). It spreads from person to person through secretions from coughing or sneezing.
HiB conjugate vaccine (meningococcal protein conjugate) is to be given intramuscularly (into the thigh).
Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.
The total number of injections you will receive will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the course of your vaccination depending on your age at the time of your first injection.
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to HiB conjugate vaccine (meningococcal protein conjugate).
If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to similar medicines such as HiB conjugate vaccine (meningococcal protein conjugate).
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- moderate or severe illness (with or without fever)
- bleeding disorder
- weak immune system
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (a disorder that attacks healthy nerve cells causing numbness and tingling sensation in your arms and legs)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.
If you are going for diagnostic tests (e.g. urine tests), inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
Inform your doctor if you have been recently vaccinated. Do not receive any other vaccinations without first asking your doctor.
HiB conjugate vaccine (meningococcal protein conjugate) may cause any of the following side effects: fainting, fever, rash, tiredness, irritability, restlessness, nervousness, cough, cold, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and redness, pain, swelling, and bruising at the injection site.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- swelling of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, or throat
- muscle weakness, cramping or numbness
- ear pain, a feeling of fullness in the ear, fluid drainage from the ear
- red and itchy eyes
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor if you are taking medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C.
Do not allow to freeze. Protect from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.