CDC's Warning For Hib Vaccination After Infant Dies

infant looking away from camera( — A Minnesota infant dies from Hib meningtis while four others are sickened by it. The CDC warns parents that to ake sure that their children are vaccinated from Hib meningtis.

Hib is Haemophilus influenzae type B. Before a vaccine became available in 1992, some 20,000 U.S. children under age 5 got severe Hib infections every year, resulting in about 1,000 deaths.

Minnesota hadn’t had a Hib death since 1991. Now the state is facing it’s biggest outbreak since 1992 — and it may not be just that one state, warns Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

“The situation in Minnesota might be isolated, or it might be the beginning of a trend in other places,” Schuchat said at a news conference. “We are working hard to determine which of these stories is the right one.”

One of the five Minnesota Hib meningitis cases was in a 5-month-old child too young to have finished its first series of Hib shots. Another case was in a child who got all the shots but who turned out to have an immune deficiency.