Community effect of haemophilus influenzae type b vaccination in India

Valsan Philip Verghese, Ingrid K. Friberg, Thomas Cherian, Palany Raghupathy, V. Balaji, M. K. Lalitha, Kurien Thomas, T. Jacob John, Mark C. Steinhoff

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We assessed the effect of distribution of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine in the private health care sector on Hib meningitis admissions at a referral hospital in India. The annual mean number of Hib cases was 10.7 before Hib vaccine introduction, falling to 3.8 cases following introduction (P < 0.0001). By contrast, the mean of annual numbers of pneumococcal cases were 3.0 and 4.6, (P = 0.55). Even at relatively low coverage through private sector distribution, Hib vaccine has significant community impact on Hib disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-740
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Asia
  • H. influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine
  • India
  • Meningitis
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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