A Parent's Guide to Kids' Vaccines
• What it's for: Protects (immunizes) against Haemophilus influenzae type b disease, which can cause meningitis (an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord which can cause brain damage and deafness), pneumonia (lung infection), severe swelling of the throat, and infections of the blood, joints, bones, and covering of the heart. Approved for infants and children 2 through 18 months of age.
• Common side effects: Pain, redness, swelling at site of injection, fever, irritability and lethargy.
• Tell your health care provider beforehand if: Your child is moderately or severely ill, or has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of Hib vaccine.
Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated
• What it's for: Protects (immunizes) against disease caused by Hepatitis A virus infection. Individuals infected with Hepatitis A may not have any symptoms; have a mild "flu-like" illness; or may have a severe illness including inflammation of the liver, resulting in jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), and even death. Hepatitis A can be transmitted by contaminated food or water, sharing contaminated utensils, and/or sexual contact with an infected person. Approved for persons 12 months of age and older.
• Common side effects: Soreness at the injection site, fever, headache, loss of appetite, tiredness.
• Tell your health care provider beforehand if: The individual has ever had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine.
Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant)
• What it's for: Protects (immunizes) against infection with the Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can lead to chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), liver cancer, and death. Approved for immunization of individuals of all ages, especially those at increased risk of exposure to Hepatitis B virus.
• Common side effects: Soreness, redness, swelling at injection site, irritability, fever, diarrhea, fatigue/weakness, loss of appetite and headache.
• Tell your health care provider beforehand if: The individual is moderately or severely ill or has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to baker's yeast used for making bread, or to a previous dose of the vaccine.
Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16 and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant