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Hib meningitis

Hib meningitis is a life-threatening infectious disease that causes inflammation of the layers that surround the brain and spinal cord

Eva M rare Hib meningitis case study

Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) disease

The facts

  • Prior to the introduction of a Hib vaccine in 1992, Hib bacteria were the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in children under five years old in the UK
  • A Hib vaccine is available as part of the UK routine immunisation schedule and has significantly reduced the number of cases of Hib disease
  • Hib bacteria can also cause other infections such as epiglottitis (rapid swelling of the epiglottis), septic arthritis and otitis media

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