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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) (2008)

Author

Parenting and Child Health

Publisher

South Australian Children Youth and Women's Health Service

City

Adelaide

Type

Electronic source

 

Description

Hib is Haemophilus influenza type B it is a bacterial infection which can cause severe illness especially in young children. Before the introduction of Hib immunisation in 1993, the bacterial infection Haemophilus influenza type B was one of the most common causes of meningitis in young children (generally under the age of 2 years), and it was also the cause of epiglottitis which causes breathing problems. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are at much greater risk of Hib diseases than non-Aboriginal children.

Abstract adapted from the Parent and Child Health website

Contact details

Parenting and Child Health
295 South Terrace
SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8303 1500
Parent helpline: 1300 364 100
Youth hotline: 1300 13 17 19
Fax: (08) 8303 1656

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Last updated: 28 March 2014
 
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