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Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee Update: Prevention of Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease

On June 23, 1987, the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) reviewed preliminary postmarketing surveillance data presented at an April 20, 1987, FDA workshop on Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) polysaccharide vaccines (see article below). These data were evaluated in light of the current ACIP recommendations for use of the vaccine (1) and for prophylaxis with rifampin (2) in the prevention of invasive Hib disease.

The ACIP believes that the preliminary data from these ongoing studies do not indicate a need for changes in the present recommendations for vaccine use. It should be emphasized that vaccination is not a substitute for prophylaxis with rifampin in children exposed to Hib disease.


  1. Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. Polysaccharide vaccine for prevention of Haemophilus influenzae type b disease. MMWR 1985;34:201-5. 2. Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. ACIP: update:

prevention of Haemophilus influenzae type b disease. MMWR 1986;35:170-4,179-80.

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