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Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

Almost 25 years ago I was working as a Public Health Nurse. I had two small children and was living in a small, rural community amd my 3-month old was exposed to a 10-month old infant with Haemophilus Influenza type b (Hib), a leading cause of meningitis in children under 5 years.

There was a vaccine for Hib which was new and only offered to 18 month olds. The 10-month old girl was medi-vacced to a hospital where she was on a respirator for ten days. It was touch and go as to whether she woudl survive, but she did! In the meantime, I was on pins and needles wanting to se if my own son would develop the disease - and thankfully he didn't!

Now, of course, the vaccine for Hib is offered as part of the regular child immunization schedule.

Last modified: 
Jan 4, 2019

Comments

It's so great that children in BC are routinely offered a vaccine that can prevent them from having to experience this; and parents are saved from having to go through the same anxiety that you did, wondering if your son would become ill with this deadly disease.