Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) vaccine - what you need to know

All content below is taken in its entirety from the CDC Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b) Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hib.pdf.

CDC review information for Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b) VIS:

  • Page last reviewed: October 29, 2019
  • Page last updated: October 30, 2019
  • Issue date of VIS: October 30, 2019

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Hib immunization (vaccine)

Haemophilus b conjugate vaccine is one of the recommended childhood immunizations. Infants receiving Hib vaccination gain long-term protection against the illnesses caused by Haemophilus b bacteria.

Vaccines

Vaccines are used to boost your immune system and prevent many diseases, some of which are serious or life-threatening. Vaccines “teach“ your body how to defend itself when germs, such as viruses or bacteria, invade it. After exposure to the vaccine, your immune system learns to recognize and attack the viruses or bacteria if you are exposed to them later in life. As a result, you will not become ill. Or, if you do get the illness, you will likely have a milder infection. Vaccines are very safe and very effective at protecting against certain serious diseases.

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