Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Description: Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is one of the six related types of bacterium. The Hib bacterium is commonly present in the nose and throat. Bacteria are transmitted from person to person in droplets through sneezing, coughing. Infected children may carry Hib bacteria without showing any signs or symptoms of illness, but they can still infect others. The risk of disease is highest for children between six months and two years of age

Prevention: Hib conjugate vaccine - two or three doses in the primary series (depending on manufacturer)

Statistics on Haemophilus influenzae type b

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Last Update: 11 October 2019