Hib Vaccine – Childhood Vaccine Series

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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  1. Have you read any research linking the hib vaccine to higher rates of SIDS?

  2. Just found your site.

    I am going to have to poke around here more as I have time, but just wanted to chime in here.

    While it hasn’t gotten much press, I think the Aluminum in vaccines is a huge deal. We are currently dealing w/ Al toxicity and believe me, it is not fun having it come out. My father in law is a very sharp chemist and he is concerned w/ fluoride’s affinity for Al and thinks they may combine and then lodge in the brain causing Alzheimers.

    My practitioner is convinced that toxins and heavy metals like Al are a huge reason for the growth in autism, MS, fibromyalgia, adrenal burnout, etc. I agree with her. The more I find out about all of the hidden source of Al I am thinking we shouldn’t see any source as being inconsequential.

    Just wanted to make that point in view of your comment about the Al content of the vaccine.

    Great info otherwise. Thanks.

    • Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  3. Thank you for posting these videos! I love that they are so concise and informative!

    • That’s the best answer by far! Thanks for cotirnbuting.

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