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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 Breakdown:

Symptoms mainly depend on the part of the body that is infected.

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Stiff neck
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • 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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