hib vaccination at home

Get Vaccinated and Stay Safe. Can be availed at home by experienced nurses from Portea. To avail HiB Vaccination at Home, begin here.

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what is hib vaccine?

Haemophilus influenzae, or more commonly known as HIB, is a certain group of bacteria that is responsible for causing several type of infections in the children and infants. HIB or Haemophilus influenzae is the main cause for the sinus, ear, and eye infections. Sometimes, the HIB disease is associated with pneumonia as well.

There are rare cases when the children get a more serious type of bacterial infection known as the Haemophilus influenzae type b. The symptoms associated with such type of infection include-

  • Meningitis
  • Arthritis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infection or severe ear pain
  • Cellulitis

The Haemophilus influenzae type b infections have already been in eradicated in many countries with the help of HIB vaccination.

Haemophilus influenzae infection is contagious in nature and spreads through air and direct contact. So, special care must be taken in this regard.

symptoms of haemophilus influenzae

HIB or Haemophilus influenzae flu has different symptoms depending on the type of HIB disease. Although people infected with Haemophilus influenzae type b shows more severe infections, the symptoms of Haemophilus Influenzae are almost the same.

Here are some of the symptoms of the different HIB infections that can be seen in people. HIB immunization can guard you against the attack of this infection.

Otitis Media

  • Irritability
  • Staying awake
  • Fever
  • Tugging in ears and pain
  • Balance loss
  • Draining of fluids from ears
  • Diarrhea

Conjunctivitis

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Drainage from the eyes and burning

Epiglottitis

  • Cold and respiratory infections
  • Fever
  • Drooling
  • A sore throat

Meningitis

  • Irritability
  • A headache
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Neck pain

These are some of the symptoms for Haemophilus influenza. This infection can be prevented if the HIB vaccine is given at the right time.

hib treatment

Usually, antibiotics are used for the treatment of H. influenzae. It takes 10 days to treat the infection. Depending on the severity of infection, the patient may be asked to take admission to a hospital. In some cases, along with other medications, HIB injection is used for the treatment.

When a person gets infected by this type of bacterium, there are other treatments that may be required along with the treatment of HIB. Such other treatments may include-

  • Breathing support
  • Medications in the HIB injection for treating low BP
  • Care for the wounds in the damaged skin

hib vaccine

Getting a HIB vaccine is really important for people as H.influenzae can be a fatal disease. Before HIB vaccination came into form, HIB was one of the main causes of meningitis in the children. Apart from that, if you have not taken HIB Vaccination, the infection can cause some other problems such as pneumonia, infections in the blood, throat swelling and may even prove to be fatal.

With the help of the HIB vaccine dose in the form of a HIB injection, several complications with HIB can be prevented. Also, the HIB vaccine cost is very moderate and so the affordability of HIB vaccine should not be a problem.

hib vaccine schedule

The infants should be given the HIB vaccination which is a four-dose course. The vaccine should be administered following the HIB vaccine schedule.

  • The first HIB vaccine dose should be given at 2 months of age
  • The second dose should be at 4 months of age
  • The third dose is at 6 months of age
  • The final HIB vaccine dose is at 12-25 months of age

It is possible to have HIB vaccination along with other vaccines as well. If you type ‘what is HIB vaccine’ on Google, you will get detailed information about HIB vaccine cost and vaccine types.

Another thing about Haemophilus influenzae vaccine is that it can be used in the form of a combination vaccine.

There are certain factors that should be taken into consideration before giving a vaccine. While almost every person can take Haemophilus Influenzae vaccine, there are also some exceptions.

Infants that are younger than almost 6 weeks shouldn’t have Haemophilus influenzae vaccine

People who have had allergic reactions to these types of vaccinations shouldn’t take Haemophilus influenzae vaccine

People with fever or illness should wait until they get better to have a dose of this vaccine

hib vaccine side effects

In case of medication, especially HIB 1 Vaccine, there can be side effects. Here are some of the HIB Vaccine side effects that can be often experienced.

  • Swelling, redness, and warmth
  • High fever which is a very common. Fever is a common symptom in case of other vaccines also
  • Remote chances of death although such cases are very rare
  • Fainting can be one of the side effects. However, lying down for some time can help in preventing that from happening
  • Difficulty to move the arm or shoulder pain in the location where the vaccine shot was given

These HIB 1 vaccine side effects are not always observed. In case severe side effects are seen, special care must be taken. Taking help from the doctor immediately is the most recommended step.

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