What is the History of Hib in America and Other Countries?
Before the Hib vaccine was introduced in the U.S., Hib-caused meningitis occurred in children ages 6 months to 2 years at the rate of 12,000 to 20,000 cases per year, and caused 500 deaths annually.1
From 1996 through 2000 after the introduction of the vaccine, an average of 1,247 invasive H. Influenzae infections per year were reported to the CDC. Of this number, about 272 were children under age 5. An average 68 cases per year were attributable to Hib.2
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 Todar K. Todar’s Online Textbook of Bacteriology. Haemophilus influenzae and Hib meningitis. 2008-2012. Online. (Accessed June 2012)
2 CDC.gov. Haemophilus Influenzae Type B. The Pink Book. No Date. Online. (Accessed June 2012)