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Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)

Haemophilus influenzae type b is a bacteria that can infect ears, eyes, sinuses, epiglottis, skin, lungs, blood, joints, throat, and coverings of the brain. It is not the same as the “flu.” This type of infection is mainly prevented by routine child immunizations. Hib is spread through respiratory route or direct contact. Hib infection is a vaccine-preventable disease. Children should receive vaccine according to the most recent immunization recommendations. Children who are infected should be excluded from other until Hib infection treatment has been completed. The child can return to group settings once he has been cleared by a health professional.

Signs or symptoms:

Depends on the site of infection. May include:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Stiff neck
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Warm, red, swollen joints
  • Swelling and discoloration of skin (mainly of cheek and around the eye)

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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