Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this vaccine. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your child's doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your child's doctor if your child experiences these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
- decreased appetite
- fever of less than 39°C (102.2°F)
- reaction at place of injection such as:
- hard lump
- restless sleep
- skin rash
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your child's doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your child's doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- fever over 39°C (102.2°F)
Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- signs of an allergic reaction:
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- itching, especially of feet or hands
- reddening of skin, especially around the ears
- swelling of eyes, face, or inside of nose
- unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden or severe)
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your child's doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you.
Are there other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Before your child begins using a medication, be sure to inform your child's doctor of any medical conditions or allergies your child may have, any medications your child is taking, and any other significant facts about your child's health. These factors may affect how your child should use this medication.
Latex allergy: If you are allergic to latex, check with your doctor before receiving this vaccine. Some forms of the vaccine may contain latex.
Medical conditions: Parents of children who were born prematurely or have problems with blood clotting or bleeding, a weakened immune system (due to conditions such as HIV, cancer, spleen problems, or medications that suppress the immune system such as those used for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or organ transplants) should discuss with their doctor how this vaccine may affect their child's medical condition, how their child's medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this vaccine, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Vaccine protection: As with any vaccine, this vaccine may not protect 100% of people who receive it.
Pregnancy: Studies of the effects of this vaccine during pregnancy have not been done. This vaccine should not be given to adults, including pregnant women.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if the vaccine passes into breast milk. This vaccine is not recommended for use by adults, including breast-feeding women.
Children: This vaccine is not recommended for infants under the age of 6 weeks. The upper age limit varies depending on the brand of vaccine - check with your doctor for more information.
Adults and seniors: This medication should not be used by adults, including seniors.