HAEMOPHILUS B/HEPATITIS B VACCINE - INJECTION
Common Brand Name(s): Comvax
Phonetic Pronunciation: (hep-uh-TIE-tuss B/hee-MOF-ill-us B)
Information last revised June 2010
This medication is used in infants to help prevent infection from a certain bacteria (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and the hepatitis B virus. Haemophilus influenzae b bacteria can cause a serious, sometimes fatal brain infection (meningitis) and lung infection (pneumonia). Hepatitis B infection can cause serious problems including liver failure, persistent hepatitis B infection, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Protecting against these infections can prevent these problems. This vaccine contains killed Haemophilus bacteria and a man-made piece of the hepatitis B virus. It does not contain live virus, so your infant cannot get either of these infections from the vaccine. This vaccine causes the body to make immune defensive substances (antibodies) that can protect you from these infections. This vaccine is recommended for all infants 6 weeks to 15 months old who are born to mothers who do not have current hepatitis B infection. This vaccine is not for use in adults.
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