Haemophilus influenzae is a serious disease caused by bacteria. It usually strikes children younger than 5 years old and spreads from person to person. Children and adults may have the bacteria and not know it. If the germs stay in a child's nose and throat, the child probably will not get sick. But sometimes the germs spread into the lungs or the bloodstream, and this is when Hib can cause serious problems.
Vaccines are available at Apollo Clinic that can help prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b or Hib disease. The Hib vaccine exposes the individual to a small amount of the bacteria (or to a protein from the bacteria) and causes the body to develop immunity to the disease. This is crucial because Hib can cause:
Who should get a Hib vaccine?
Who should not get it?
How is Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine administered?
Your doctor, nurse, or another healthcare provider will administer the Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine as an injection.
Minor problems — such as redness, swelling, or tenderness where the shot was given — can happen.