Hib Alert: 5 Cases, 1 Death

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Hib Alert: 5 Cases, 1 Death
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Sat, 01-24-2009 - 1:38am

Hib Alert: 5 Cases, 1 Death

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that five cases of Haemophilus influenzae, type b (Hib), invasive disease (meningitis, pneumonia and epiglottitis) were confirmed in 2008 in Minnesota. This is the highest number of cases of this vaccine-preventable disease in children under 5 years of age that Minnesota has seen since 1991.

Three patients had received no vaccinations due to parent or guardian deferral or refusal of vaccinations. One of the unimmunized patients, a 7-month-old infant, died of Hib disease. Two of the remaining children received age-appropriate immunizations. One child, a 5-month-old, had received two Hib immunizations. The other child was 15 months old and was fully vaccinated for age but, subsequent to Hib infection, was diagnosed with an immune deficiency (hypogammaglobulinemia).

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I'm just going to let the article stand as it is. Can't wait to see what justification and reasoning the anti-vaccine crowd has to say about this.

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Thu, 05-21-2009 - 3:24pm

Have you lost your train of thought? We do have a section for off topic discussion you know :) I hope its there, if not please do post it.

And if anybody on this board lacts "tact" Jamie, I would say you would be the last one anyone thought that of.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 05-21-2009 - 3:55pm
NOt really, but, it's the way my mind works - I was worked up and in one train of thought at that post.... fortunately, love Lynn, she posted it.... (see 13 y/o w/ cancer link".
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