Haemophilus Influenzae (Type B)
What is Haemophilus Influenzae? (CDC.com)
Haemophilus influenzae disease is a name for any illness caused by bacteria called H. influenzae. Some of these illnesses, like ear infections, are mild while others, like bloodstream infections, are very serious.
- In spite of the name, H. influenzae do not cause influenza (the flu).
Symptoms mainly depend on the part of the body that is infected.
- Stiff neck
- Photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light)
- Altered mental status (confusion)
How Can I Prevent Haemophilus Influenzae?
- Vaccines can prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease.
CDC recommends Hib vaccination even if someone has had Hib disease in the past.
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