Haemophilus influenzae Type B Meningitis in a Previously Healthy Child

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Vaccines have proven successful in virtually eradicating certain infectious diseases that typically attack the pediatric population. Since 1988, when the conjugate vaccine was introduced, the incidence of invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b disease was reduced dramatically. However, immunization rates have decreased in certain parts of the country because of a combination of vaccine shortage and widespread parental perception that vaccines are harmful. We present the case of a previous healthy child, who ultimately succumbed to H. influenzae type b meningitis where multiple factors were likely responsible for his acquisition of the disease.

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