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H. Flu vaccine

The Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine can help protect your child from serious diseases caused by the Hib bacteria, such as:

  • meningitis (an infection of the brain lining that can cause deafness, brain damage, or death)
  • pneumonia (a lung infection that can cause coughing, difficulty breathing, and chest pain and lead to hospitalization and death)
  • infections of the skin, bones, heart, or joints

People can carry the Hib bacteria in their nose and throat, even if they are not sick. Hib is spread by coughing and sneezing.

For maximum protection, your child needs to receive all doses of the Hib vaccine on time. Health Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that most infants and children receive 4 doses of the Hib vaccine. Each province or territory has slightly different recommendations on when vaccine doses should be given. See the immunization schedule for your province or territory, or talk to your child's health care professional to find out when your child should receive their doses to get full vaccine coverage.

The Hib vaccine is not intended to be used for treatment of active infection. As with other vaccines, this vaccine may not protect 100% of people who receive it, and it may cause side effects.



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