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Can Haemophilus influenza type B be prevented?

A safe and effective vaccine for Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) is available and is part of the childhood immunization schedule in many countries. Before its introduction, Hib bacteria accounted for nearly half of meningitis cases, especially in infants. After the vaccine was introduced in the early 1990s, Hib-related meningitis rates have dropped by about 90% in developed countries.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Whooping cough (pertussis)

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