There's a vaccine that can prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease, but not the other types ("strains") of Haemophilus influenzae bacteria.
There's a vaccine that can prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease, but not the other types ("strains") of Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. See Vaccination.
There's a vaccine that can prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease, but not the other types ("strains") of Haemophilus influenzae. Hib vaccine can prevent Hib meningitis (an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord), Hib pneumonia (lung infection), Hib epiglottitis (a severe throat infection), and other infections caused by Hib bacteria. Hib vaccine is recommended for all children younger than 5 years of age in the United States and it is usually given to infants starting at 2 months of age.
There are no vaccines to prevent against the other types of Haemophilus influenzae.
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A child with Haemophilus influenzae disease, including Hib, may not develop protective levels of antibodies. This means that someone could develop a Haemophilus influenzae infection again. Children younger than 24 months of age who have recovered from invasive Hib disease should not be considered protected and should receive Hib vaccine as soon as possible.
Sometimes Haemophilus influenzae bacteria spread to other people who have had close or lengthy contact with a patient with Haemophilus influenzae disease. In certain cases, people in close contact with that person should receive antibiotics to prevent them from getting the disease. This is known as prophylaxis. A doctor or local health department will make recommendations for who should receive prophylaxis.
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