What is the vaccine?
The vaccine protects against Haemophilus Influenzae Type B.
When is it administered? At 2, 4, 6 and 15 months. The PedVaxHib brand vaccine skips the 6 month dose since it is stronger.
What is the disease?
Hib is a bacterium that is transmitted through an infected person’s cough, mucous or saliva and can cause illnesses such as common cold symptoms to blood and bone infections, pneumonia and meningitis.
Is it serious?
Yes. Hib meningitis has a 5% fatality rate with 25% of these cases causing permanent damage. However, the Hib bacteria usually doesn’t travel to blood stream and instead stays within an infected person’s nose, mouth or ears and symptoms resemble the common cold. Treatment includes heavy antibiotics, which normally wipes out infection with only rare cases causing permanent damage.
Is it common?
No. We see about 25 cases annually and most in children under the age of 5. Minor Hib infections may be more common but we don’t know since most people won’t get help for it since it resembles so closely the common cold. Keep in mind that before the vaccine was created in the eighties, Hib was quite common with 20,000 serious cases reported annually.
Is the vaccine controversial?
The PedVaxHib brand contains 1/1000 of a milligram of aluminum. Aluminum in larger doses may cause damage to the human body. Overall, this vaccine has some of the lowest number of side effects when compared with other vaccines.
Mama Natural’s take:
Although serious, Hib is quite rare in the U.S. … thanks in large part to vaccines. Since Griffin is breastfed and not in daycare, we didn’t feel he needed this vaccine. There is also the antibiotic treatment that is usually effective. However, if Mike and I travel to the developing world while Griffin is young, we would probably vaccinate him.
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