Before you receive this medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Heart and lung disease: People with severely impaired lung and heart function should discuss with their doctor how this vaccine may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this vaccine, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Immune deficiency or suppression: People with immunodeficiency or those receiving immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., some medications used for the treatment of cancer or for transplant recipients) may require higher doses and may not respond as well as healthy individuals.
Infection: The vaccine should be delayed for people with serious infections, unless in the opinion of the doctor there is a greater risk associated with not giving the vaccine.
Vaccine protection: As with any vaccine, this vaccine may not protect 100% of people who receive it. (NOTE: Hepatitis B vaccine may not prevent hepatitis in people who were infected with the virus prior to receiving the vaccine.)
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while receiving this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if the vaccine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are receiving this vaccine, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: This vaccine can be used in babies and children.