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What is the Hib (H. influenzae type b) vaccine?

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Despite its name, the bacterium called Haemophilus influenzae type b, or Hib, does not cause the flu. But it does cause Hib disease, a serious health threat to children, especially those under age 5. Fortunately, the Hib vaccine, available since 1992, provides safe and protection against that threat.

From: Hib (H. influenzae Type B) Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

Immunization Action Coalition: “Hib Vaccine Questions and Answers.”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Information Center: “A Look at Each Vaccine: Hib Vaccine.”

CDC: "Is Your Baby Protected against Hib Disease?"

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

Immunization Action Coalition: “Hib Vaccine Questions and Answers.”

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Information Center: “A Look at Each Vaccine: Hib Vaccine.”

CDC: "Is Your Baby Protected against Hib Disease?"

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2018

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