Changing Epidemiology of Haemophilus influenzae in Children

David F. Butler, Angela L. Myers

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Abstract

Haemophilus influenzae remains a common cause of illness in children throughout the world. Before the introduction of vaccination, H influenzae type b (Hib) disease was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in young children and a frequent cause of pneumonia, epiglottitis, and septic arthritis. Clinicians should remain diligent in counseling parents on the dangers of Hib and provide vaccination starting at 2 months of age. The epidemiology of invasive H influenzae disease is shifting. It is imperative that clinicians recognize the changing epidemiology and antibiotic resistance patterns for H influenzae to optimize care in hospital and ambulatory settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Children
  • H influenzae
  • Meningitis
  • Vaccination

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