Who shouldn't get the Hib vaccine?
While the Hib vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, children who fall into the following categories should not receive it:
- Babies less than 6 weeks old
- Kids who've had a serious allergic reaction (including difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, a fast heartbeat, or weakness or dizziness) to a previous Hib shot.
- Kids older than 5 (unless your child has certain medical conditions like HIV or sickle cell disease, he won't need this vaccine after age 5)
- Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated
Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the Hib vaccine is safe for your child.