Getting the Hib Vaccine

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  The hib vaccine, which is also known as haemophilus influenzae is used to fight the hib disease that is caused in your body by bacteria.  This disease is known to spread from person to person by germs and the person having it will more than likely never even know that they have the disease.

    Haemophilus influenzae is one of the leading causes of meningitis in children.  This disease leads to swelling in the throat, infections in your blood and through out your body, pneumonio and in some cases even death.

  Your child or children should recieve this vaccine at the ages of 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and at 1 year old.  Although most children don’t have any side effects from this vaccine, please still take caution after they have recieved the vaccine.  It is possible for your child to have redness or swelling in the area where the shot was given to them.  Also it is very normal for a child to run a slight fever after being vaccinated.  If there fever goes over 103 or doesnt go away with tylenol contact your doctor immediately for advise.

  If your child should develop any signs of difficulty breathing, wheezing, paleness, weakness, dizziness or a fast heart rate, then please get your child to an E.R. right away to be checked for a serious allergic reaction.  Although this is very rare, it can still happen to some children.  As with all medications please take caution, especially with children.

  If you have any questions or are worrysome in any way please contact your doctor, that is why they are there.  As much as you care so do they.

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