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How dangerous is the hib vaccine?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Hib vaccine: Hib vaccine is as safe as any other chilhood vaccine.It is not dangerous and is given to babies in first and second year, and it has been very effective in preventing invasive h flu infections in children.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
NOT!!: Currently, I am not aware of any reports of serious side effects or complications of the hib vaccine which has been around since the late 1980's.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Not very!: HIB vaccine is available in many forms & given in multiple doses to children under 5 years--often started at age 6-8 weeks. The vaccine may cause redness, slight swelling, even fever. The disease itself is much more serious if it strikes. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease can cause meningitis, epiglottitis, pneumonia, arthritis, & cellulitis. Cases much reduced since vaccine.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Hib Vaccine: Hib vaccine is safe.The adverse reactions are very mild.The most common reaction are transient redness, swelling or pain at the site of injection, occuring in 5 to 30 percent of vaccine recipient.More severe reactions are very rare.Fever over 101 degree happens 1 out of twenty, these may last 2to3 days so there is no real danger with hib vaccine.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nothing: Early in my practice I saw several babies die from this germ as meningitis or be severely sick with epiglottis. I had at least 2/yr with HIB meningitis in my small practice.After the present vaccine was developed, the disease almost disappeared.I didn't see either HIB meningitis or epiglottis in my last decade in practice. It still occurs in the underdeveloped countries.

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Which specifically is dangerous about the Hib vaccine?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Nothing Dangerous: Like most childhood vaccines Hib Vaccine is safe and provides long term immunity to children against Hemophilus Influenza Bacteria which can cause invasive HIB Infection like Meningitis,Pnumonia and Otitis Media There is nothing danmgerous about HIB Vaccine at all

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