Hiberix and Alcohol
Hiberix also sold under the brand name ActHIB has the generic name of haemophilus b conjugate vaccine and belongs to the family of haemophilus B vaccines which treat this disease which is a type of influenza caused by bacteria. This drug is used for children.
This drug is used to prevent infection caused by the haemophilus B bacteria, and is sometimes combined with other vaccines to protect against other diseases. This vaccine will not protect against other types of influenza.
This bacteria can infect the lungs or throat and can also spread to the blood, bones, joints, brain or spinal chord. It can cause breathing problems or meningitis and these infections can be fatal.
It is suggested that alcohol not be consumed while using this drug as the side effects will be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
This disease can be spread from one to another through small droplets of saliva that are expelled into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread through contact with objects an infected person has touched. The bacteria can be passed through kissing, sharing a drink or eating utensils with an infected person.
Hiberix is given in a series of shots. It is given as 2 separate shots, 2 months apart. A booster shot is then given 2 months after the last shot or no later than 18 months of age.
Before using this vaccine advise your physician if your child has had any allergic reaction to this vaccine or to a tetanus vaccine, or if the child has received cancer chemotherapy or radiation treatment in the past 3 months, has a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or easy bruising, history of seizures, neurologic disorder or brain disease, allergy to latex rubber, weak immune system caused by disease, bone marrow transplant, or if the child is taking a blood thinner such as warfarin.
Less serious side effects are redness, pain or swelling or lump at the injection site, low fever, mild fussiness or crying , joint pain, body aches, drowsiness or diarrhea. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, extreme drowsiness, fainting, fussiness, irritability, crying for longer than an hour, seizure or high fever shortly after the injection. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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