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Havrix Pediatric

Generic name: hepatitis A pediatric vaccine [HEP-a-TIE-tis]

Brand names: Havrix Pediatric, Vaqta Pediatric

Drug class: viral vaccines

What is Havrix Pediatric?

Hepatitis, a severe disease that is caused by viruses, can be fatal. Hepatitis can cause inflammation in the liver and nausea. It may also result in jaundice. Hepatitis may lead to cancer of the liver or cirrhosis.Children can be protected from this illness by using the Havrix pediatricThe vaccine is administered by giving your child a tiny amount of virus. This causes immunity against the illness. The vaccine does not work on an infection that has already developed in the body.All children older than 12 months are recommended to receive the Havrix pediatric vaccine. The vaccine is recommended for children traveling to areas where hepatitis A can be a problem.Havrix Pediatric, like any other vaccine, may not protect everyone from illness.

Side effects of Havrix Pediatric

If your child shows any of the following signs of an allergy: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongue,If your child had an allergic reaction that was life-threatening after receiving the initial shot, a booster should be avoided.Keep a record of all the side effects that your child experiences after this vaccination. You will have to inform the doctor of any adverse reactions your child experienced after receiving the booster shot.

If your child is suffering from:

  • Extreme sleepiness or fainting.
  • The act of crying or fussing for more than an hour
  • A seizure;
  • High fever within a couple of hours after vaccination or for a week.

Side effects that may occur with Havrix Pediatric include:

  • Fever;
  • Irritability, drowsiness;
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • The area where a shot has been given may show swelling, warmth, and/or redness.

There may be other side effects.For advice regarding possible side effects, reach out to your physician immediately. Report the side effects of vaccines to the US Department of Health and Human Services by calling 1-800-822-7967.


Inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking or if there is a medical condition or allergy.

Before you take this drug

Hepatitis A vaccination will not provide protection against hepatitis B or C and other liver-damaging viruses. The vaccine may not work if your child has hepatitis A, even if they don't show symptoms.This vaccine should not be given to your child if they have ever experienced a severe allergic reaction, even if it was to a vaccine that contained hepatitis A.

If you've ever:

  • Allergy to Latex Rubber
  • A weak immune system can be caused by certain diseases or medicines.

Havrix pediatric is not recommended for anyone under 12 months of age.

Details on dosage

The vaccine is administered as a shot (injection) into a muscle. This injection will be given to your child at the doctor's or clinic.You will give your child a Havrix pediatric shot and then booster shots 6–18 months later.The booster schedule for your child may differ from the guidelines. You can follow the instructions of your doctor or those recommended by the local health department.The child must receive the vaccine two weeks prior to the travel date in order to prevent the spread of hepatitis A. The best schedule will be determined by your child's physician.When the injection is administered and during the following 24 hours, your child's physician may prescribe an aspirin-free pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Use the amount of Havrix pediatric prescribed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the packaging.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If your child is going to miss the booster or falls behind in their schedule, contact your doctor. The next dose must be administered as soon as you can. No need to restart.If you do not give your child all the recommended doses, they may not receive full protection against diseases.

What happens if I overdose?

It is very unlikely that this vaccine will cause an overdose.

What should be avoided?

If your physician prescribes any restrictions in terms of foods, drinks or activities for you to partake in, be sure to follow his or her directions accordingly.

Interaction with other drug

Tell the doctor what other vaccinations your child has received recently before receiving this vaccine.

Tell your doctor about any recent medications or treatments that may have weakened the immune system.

  • Steroids are a type of medicine.
  • Treatments for cancer
  • Medicine to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders
  • Medicines to prevent or treat organ rejection

Your child may be prevented from receiving the vaccine if he is taking any of the above medications. He or she will also need to wait for the treatment to finish before they can receive it.The list below is not exhaustive. Havrix pediatric patients may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. This list does not include all interactions with other drugs.