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Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) is a serious disease caused by bacteria. Hib usually infects children younger than 5 years old.
Hib is spread person-to-person through the air. Your child can get Hib disease from being around children or adults who have Hib bacteria in their nose or throat. These people may or may not appear sick.
Hib can cause meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord). This can lead to permanent deafness and brain damage. Hib infection can also cause pneumonia, blood infections, and severe swelling in the throat that can block breathing and lead to death.
Hib is common throughout the world. Each year, Hib sickens millions of children worldwide and kills more than 300,000. The number of children infected by Hib has greatly declined in the U.S. because of vaccination, but an unvaccinated child can still get infected.
Vaccination is the most effective step you can take to be protected from this serious disease.
Hib Vaccine Schedule
You can protect your child from Hib with vaccination. All children should get 3 or 4 doses of Hib vaccine (depending on brand), starting at 2 months of age. If your child misses a dose or gets behind schedule, make sure they get the next dose as soon as possible.
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Trusted Websites
Is Your Child Protected from Hib Disease?
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
Find fact sheets for parents and children, resources, multimedia, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information about Hib Disease
Information about Hib Disease
Includes information about the disease, immunization, recommendations, and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics
A Look at Each Vaccine: Hib
A Look at Each Vaccine: Hib
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines from the Vaccine Education Center
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Video Library
Video: Hib Vaccine - Vaccines and Your Baby
Hib Vaccine - Vaccines and Your Baby: The Hib bacteria can cause meningitis. The vaccine has eliminated tens of thousands of cases of Hib every year.
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Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from Hib
Babies Who Are Not Vaccinated "Risk Death"
Hib Meningitis Strikes Unvaccinated Baby
A Mother's Experience with Haemophilus influenzae type b
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More Hib Information
Hib: Make sure your child is protected
Hib: Make sure your child is protected
Vaccine summary for parents
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Hib: Questions & Answers
Hib Q&As
Hib disease and vaccine information
Hib: Overview for Parents
Overview for Parents
Frequently asked questions
>> Spanish-language
Hib Fact Sheet
Hib Fact Sheet
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Vaccines and Your Baby
Vaccines and Your Baby
Brochure for parents about childhood immunizations, explains how vaccines work, answers common questions about vaccines, and lists additional resources
Hib Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
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This page was reviewed on March 3, 2014
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