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.
- H. influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases