Hib disease is a serious illness caused by the bacteria Haemophilius influenzae type b (Hib). Babies and children younger than 5 years old are most at risk for Hib disease. It can cause lifelong disability and be deadly.
The most common type of Hib disease is meningitis. This is an infection of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord which causes high fever, confusion, headache or stiff neck, increased sensitivity to light, poor eating and drinking, low alertness, or vomiting. Hib disease can also cause throat swelling that makes it hard to breathe, joint infection, skin infection, pneumonia and bone infection
Hib disease is very serious. Most children with Hib disease need care in the hospital. Even with treatment, as many as 1 out of 20 children with Hib meningitis dies. As many as 1 out of 5 children who survive Hib meningitis will have brain damage or become deaf.
HiB shot protects your child from Hib disease, which can cause lifelong disability and be deadly. It also protects your child from the most common type of Hib disease, meningitis.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend children receive all vaccines according to the recommended Vaccination schedule.