Who Is at Highest Risk for Suffering Complications from Hib?
Asplenic patients (people without a spleen or with dysfunctional spleens such as those with sickle cell anemia are predisposed to getting severe bacteremic infections from S. pneumoniae, N. meningitides, and Hib.1 Hib infections also occur more frequently in patients who have cancer, who are undergoing chemotherapy, and who have congenital or acquired immunodeficienies.2 The risk of dying or developing complications from Hib is related to age and underlying condition of the patient, severity of the disease, and when antibiotic therapy is begun.3
IMPORTANT NOTE: NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib) and the Hib vaccine by reading all sections in the Table of Contents, which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.
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1 The Merck Manual. Overview of Immunization. Online. July 2008. (Accessed June 2012)
2 Devarajan VR, Cunha BA. Haemophilus Influenzae Infections. Medscape. Jan. 10, 2012. Online. (Accessed June 2012)
3 Kaplan SL. Neurologic Complications of Bacterial Meningitis in Children. Wolters Kluwer. Online. (Accessed June 2012)