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The vaccine for Hib can prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease. Before the introduction of the vaccine, this disease was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among children under five years old in the United States. In most cases, children should get the vaccine at 2, 4, 6, and 12 to 15 months of age. Children over five years old usually do not need it.
- Severe swelling in the throat, making it hard to breathe
- Infections of the blood, joints, bones, and covering of the heart