This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting serious infections caused by Haemophilus influenza type B bacteria.
Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) is a bacteria that causes serious infections in childhood. Fortunately, due to the widespread use of the Hib vaccine, these infections are now much less common. The haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) bacteria can cause:
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their Hib vaccine at two months, four months, six months and between twelve and fifteen months. (Depending on the brand of Hib vaccine, the six month dose may or may not be required.) You may be required to show proof of the Hib vaccination before your child can attend school.
You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the Hib vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the vaccine.
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