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People can carry Hib bacteria and not know it. These germs can spread from person to person. They usually spread through droplets from an infected person. Sickness will probably not occur when the germs stay in the nose and throat. They can cause serious problems when they spread into the lungs or the bloodstream.
Before the vaccine, severe Hib disease affected about 20,000 United States children under age five.
Other symptoms, depending on the part of the body affected
What Are the Risks Associated With the Hib Vaccine? TOP
Like any vaccine, the Hib vaccine can cause serious problems, such as a severe allergic reaction. Most people do not have any problems. Some people have redness, warmth, or swelling near the injection site, as well as a fever.
Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) is sometimes given to reduce pain and fever that may occur after getting a vaccine. In infants, the medicine may weaken the vaccine. Discuss the risks and benefits of taking acetaminophen with the doctor.
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