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Hib IMMUNISATION IN GLASGOW

June 04, 2003 3:58 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow will be offering an immunisation booster to provide extra protection against Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b).  This will be offered to children between 6 months and 4 years to counter the recent rise in number of young children developing Hib disease.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said "Background information will be sent to parents with invitation appointments for children between the age of 6 months and 4 years over the course of the next few weeks.  We aim to ensure that all children in this age group receive a Hib vaccination by late summer.

"Although diseases caused by the Hib organism is rare it is important that children are given this extra protection as there has been a significant increase in the number of cases over the past couple of years."

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