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.