The usual dose of this vaccine is 0.5 mL given as an injection into the muscle of the outer thigh or the outer aspect of the upper arm. Depending on when your child starts their immunization (vaccination) series, the number of doses they receive may be different.
This vaccine is given by a health care professional in a doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
If immunization begins at 2 months to 6 months of age, 3 doses should given (0.5 mL per dose): first dose at the initial visit, the second dose 2 months later, and the third dose at 12 months of age.
Children between the ages of 7 months to 11 months who have not previously received the vaccine should be given 3 doses (0.5 mL per dose): the first 2 doses should be given 2 months apart, and the third (booster) dose should be given at 15 to 18 months of age (or as soon as possible thereafter) and not less than 2 months after the second dose.
Children between the ages of 12 months and 17 months who have not previously received the vaccine should be given 2 doses (0.5 mL per dose): the first dose as soon as possible, and the second at 18 months of age or later (at least 2 months after the first dose).
Children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years who have not previously received the vaccine should be given 1 dose (0.5 mL) only.
It is very important that this vaccine be given on a regular schedule as prescribed by the doctor. If your child misses a dose of this vaccine, check with your child's health care professional. Add all vaccines your child receives to their immunization record.
This medication is stored in the refrigerator and should not be allowed to freeze.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.