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     What do I need to do?
     During the campaign you will receive a letter from
     your local HSE area inviting you to bring your child
     to your GP/family doctor to receive the booster Hib
     vaccine. This visit is completely free of charge.
     If you do not receive a letter from the HSE or if you
     have changed GP since your child received his/her
     last immunisation, please let your local immunisation
     office know.

     Are there any side-effects?
     Mild side-effects, such as a raised temperature, may
     happen but they do not last long. Some children
     may have discomfort, redness or swelling where the
     injection was given.
     If you have any further queries you should contact
     your GP/family doctor or Local Health Office.

     More information?
     Please visit our new website www.immunisation.ie
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    Contact details for Local Health Offices
    Dublin & Mid-Leinster Region Telephone Nos.
    Dublin South City               01 4158615
    Dublin South West               01 4154743
    Dublin West                     01 6206234
    Kildare/West Wicklow            045 981800
    Dun Laoghaire                   01 2365247
    Clonskeagh                      01 2680379
    East Wicklow                    0404 68400
    Mullingar                       044 39192
    Tullamore                       0506 59545

    Dublin & North East Region      Telephone Nos.
    Rathdown Road                   01 8825015
    Russell Street, Dublin 1        01 8014639
    Coolock                         01 8164200
    Navan                           046 9078810
    Dundalk                         042 9385452
    Cavan/Monaghan                  049 4373149

    Southern Region                 Telephone Nos.
    Kilkenny, Sth Tipperary
    Waterford & Wexford             1800 494950
    North and South Lee             021 4923851
    West Cork                       028 40589
    North Cork                      022 44940
    Kerry                           066 7184950

    Western Region                  Telephone Nos.
    Limerick & Clare                065 6865826
    North Tipperary                 067 31212
    Galway                          091 546180
    Mayo                            094 90 42520/42212
    Roscommon                       09066 37514
    Donegal                         074 9189117
    Sligo                           071 9155106
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   Hib Booster Catch-Up Campaign

        Important Immunisation News
                A guide for parents
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     What is Hib (Haemophilus influenzae B)?
     Haemophilus influenzae B (Hib) is a bacteria that
     can cause serious infection in humans particularly
     in children, but also in individuals with a weakened
     immune system.

     How is Hib spread?
     It is a contagious bacteria that is spread by close
     contact with an infected person.

     What illnesses does it cause?
     Hib can cause serious disease including
     s Meningitis
       (inflammation of the lining around the brain)
     s Septicaemia
       (blood poisoning)
     s Epiglottitis
       (swelling in the throat that causes choking)
     s Osteomyelitis
       (infection of the bone)

     How is Hib transmitted?
     Hib lives in the nose and throats of humans. It is
     spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or
     even breathing.

     Who is most at risk?
     Hib disease is most common in children under 4
     years of age. Especially at risk are babies under
     one year of age. This group of children are already
     protected by the routine Hib vaccination.
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     Isn’t there already a vaccine for Hib?
     Yes, since 1992 Hib vaccine has been offered to all
     children as part of their routine childhood
     immunisation programme in Ireland. Hib vaccine is
     part of the 5 in 1 vaccine
     (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis/Polio/Hib) and is
     given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.

     Following the introduction of the Hib vaccine the
     number of cases of Hib disease declined

     Figure. Number of Hib cases reported in Ireland

     * 2005 figures are up to 30/09/2005
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     Why is a Hib booster needed?
     Within the last year, a small number of cases of Hib
     disease have occurred in children who have been
     fully vaccinated.
     A booster dose for children over 12 months will
     give those children most at risk extra protection
     against Hib infection.

     When will the booster be given?
     All children born between 2nd November 2001 and
     20th May 2005 will be offered the booster.
     Children aged 1 are most at risk of Hib infection
     and so will be offered the vaccine in November
     Other children under four years of age will also be
     offered the vaccine during the remaining winter
     Children reaching 12 months of age during the
     campaign will also be offered the Hib vaccine.

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