Haemophilus influenzae Type b

Thankfully, Hib disease has plummeted by more than 99 percent since the Hib vaccine was introduced in 1988 – in countries where the vaccine is used. Nevertheless, Hib remains a major worldwide problem - Dr Greene

Haemophilus influenzae Type b

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When I was a pediatric resident in the early 1980s, I cared for many children who were gravely ill as a result of Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) infection. "H. flu" was once the most common cause of bacterial meningitis (and acquired intellectual disability) in children younger than age 5. But, after the introduction of Hib vaccines during the mid-1980s, Hib cases in this age group dropped by more than 99 percent. Today, when I ask a room of pediatric residents how many of them have seen even a single case of H. flu, often no one raises a hand.

That is how it should be.

Those immersed in the current vaccine debate may not remember or have experienced severe childhood diseases…

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