HSE DL Leaflet MN1482 28/10/05 12:20 pm Page 1 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 or www.hpsc.ie/A- Z/VaccinePreventable/HaemophilusInﬂuenzae/ HSE DL Leaflet MN1482 28/10/05 12:20 pm Page 2 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 HSE DL Leaflet MN1482 28/10/05 12:20 pm Page 3 Hib Booster Catch-Up Campaign Important Immunisation News A guide for parents HSE DL Leaflet MN1482 28/10/05 12:20 pm Page 4 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. HSE DL Leaflet MN1482 28/10/05 12:20 pm Page 5 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 dramatically. Figure. Number of Hib cases reported in Ireland 1987-2005* * 2005 ﬁgures are up to 30/09/2005 HSE DL Leaflet MN1482 28/10/05 12:20 pm Page 6 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 2005. Other children under four years of age will also be offered the vaccine during the remaining winter months. Children reaching 12 months of age during the campaign will also be offered the Hib vaccine.