What is the HIB vaccine?
The Hib vaccine protects against the Haemophilus influenza type b infection found in adults and children world-wide. The Hib vaccine is highly recommended for children, especially if traveling as children can contract Hib-related diseases by coming in close contact with other children or adults who have this bacterium. Hib bacteria may lead to diseases including pneumonia, meningitis, cellulitis, arthritis, epiglottitis, and lower respiratory tract infections.
Since routine Hib vaccination began for children, the number of Hib-related disease cases has happily decreased over 99% making it an extremely effective vaccination that protects those who are susceptible to the disease. It is important, especially in developing countries, to receive this vaccination before travel as it protects the bacterium from spreading to those who have not had the vaccine administered.