Haemophilus Influenzae B (HIB)

What is Haemophilus influenzae b?

An Haemophilus influenzae b infection, as the name suggests, is caused by the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae b. The bacteria is especially dangerous for children under 5 years of age and people with immune deficiency. The severity of the disease depends on the part of the body that is affected by the pathogen, with the respiratory tract usually being affected. Possible diseases include otitis media, sinusitis, pneumonia, epiglottitis, meningitis and blood poisoning. Inflammation of the larynx can cause suffocation in infants. Despite the use of antibiotics, infection can cause permanent damage in children.

 

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When and how often should I be vaccinated against Haemophilus influenzae b?

In Switzerland, vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae b is part of the national vaccination strategy for children, with up to 3 doses depending on age. Vaccination after the 5th birthday is generally not recommended.

Price:
75 CHF per dose

plus consultation and injection fee

What else should I know about the Haemophilus influenzae b?

  • The name "Haemophilus influenzae" comes from the original assumption that this pathogen causes the flu ("influenza"). However, we know now that this is not the case and this should not be confused with the actual agent that causes influenza, the influenza virus.

  • Haemophilus influenzae belongs to the normal flora of the human mucosa and only a few are dangerous to humans. Serotype b is the most dangerous.

  • For more information on Haemophilus influenzae b, please visit the website of the FOPH.

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