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Who should get the vaccine for Hib (H. influenzae type b)?

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The CDC says children under 5 should get the Hib vaccine, with the first dose at age 2 months.

Because Hib disease is rare in older children and because most adults have antibodies for Hib, the vaccine isn’t recommended for anyone 5 or older, unless they’re at a higher risk for Hib infection. Those at higher risk include anyone:

  • Who’s had his spleen removed
  • Who has sickle cell disease, leukemia, or HIV
  • Whose immune system has been suppressed due to a condition or treatment, such as for cancer

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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