HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE B (Hib)
Hib is a bacterial infection that can cause a wide array of symptoms. Symptoms range from mild, common ear infections to severe and rare meningitis.
My son’s pediatrician told me that the Hib vaccine would prevent him from having any ear infections, so I let my then 6-month-old get the shot. He went on to have double, consecutive ear infections until we finally put tubes in his ears at the age of one.
The vaccine obviously did not prevent my son from getting ear infections. Although it has been shown to decrease the incidence of Haemophilus influenzae type b, Hib vaccination has caused a marked INCREASE in deadly infections from other Haemophilus influenza types.
What’s that great quote from Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park?
“Life finds a way.”
The increase of other Haemophilus influenzae types due to vaccination is a process known as strain replacement. According to an article published by the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, strain replacement “…is the phenomenon of substitution through time of one or more initially dominant strains of a pathogen by another strain or strains.” (1)
It is a very real consequence of mass vaccination and has been written about in numerous peer-reviewed articles and studies. Several of these are listed below.
Prevention of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis and emergence of serotype replacement with type a strains after introduction of Hib immunization in Brazil https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12508153
Emergence of non-serotype b encapsulated Haemophilus influenzae as a cause of pediatric meningitis in northwestern Ontario.
Increase in the number of invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b infections.
Increase in the number of invasive Haemophilus influenzae type b infections
Disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b in the immediate period after homologous immunization: immunologic investigation.
Haemophilus influenzae Type b Meningitis in the Short Period after Vaccination: A Reminder of the Phenomenon of Apparent Vaccine Failure
Protective effect of breastfeeding on invasive Haemophilus influenzae infection: a case-control study in Swedish preschool children.
Can Hib Vaccine Cause Injury?
Adverse events following Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, 1990-2013.
The idea of your child contracting meningitis is horrifying to parents. I get that. However, it is important to note that a listed side effect of the Hib vaccine is early-onset Hib disease…or Hib. Just so we’re clear, your child could potentially contract Hib from the Hib vaccine if they already have asymptomatic Hib bacterial colonization.
There are numerous strains of haemophilus influenzae, but the vaccine only protects against one type. Do the risks associated with this vaccine outweigh the benefits for your child? Make sure to read the manufacturer’s vaccine inserts HERE and HERE so you can make a truly informed decision!
Some possible adverse reactions from the vaccine are:
- Extensive swelling of the vaccinated limb
- Convulsions (with or without fever), hypotonic-hyporesponsive episode (i.e., sudden onset of hypotonia, hyporesponsiveness, and pallor or cyanosis), somnolence, syncope, or vasovagal responses to injection. (Look these up!)
- Apnea…which is a fancy word for “stopped breathing.”
- Rash, hives
- unusual high-pitched crying (>4 hr), diarrhea, vomiting, pain, otitis media (EAR INFECTION), rash, and upper respiratory infectionGuillain-Barre Syndrome (an immune system disorder which can lead to paralysis)
VACCINE INJURY STORY
Sebastian’s grandmother, Valerie Murfin, shared:
“On December 11, 2002, when my grandson Sebastian was seven months old, he was taken in for his six month well child checkup. My daughter Natasha, who is his mother, was not bullied into getting him vaccinated, she was just following what she thought was good advice, what we both thought was good advice at one time.
During this visit, Sebastian received the vaccines for DTaP, hepatitis B, and HiB. This is five vaccine doses.
Sebastian began vomiting two days later and suffered jaundice. After turning yellow around his mouth on 12-15-02, his mom took him to the doctor because he became very lethargic. She was begging for him not to die on the drive to the doctor’s office. They admitted him to St. Peter Hospital, in Olympia, where he stayed for two days.
Tests were run and it was found that Sebastian’s liver was failing. After an ultrasound showed his liver stopped swelling, they allowed him to be discharged, but warned my daughter not to let him bump his head or anything, because he could bleed out.
Before being discharged, his doctor did more blood work and told my daughter that she would call her, and that they assumed Sebastian had hepatitis C somehow. This was six days after the vaccines were given to him, on 12-17-02.”
Sebastian’s Brain Swelled and His Organs Shut Down
“That phone call came in on 12-20-15 and the news made my daughter aware it was urgent. Sebastian was rushed to the ER at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This is where he stayed and suffered, for more than a month. Towards the end of his stay, his eyes were no longer responsive and one swelled up horribly; his choke reflex was gone. I think his little brain had had enough of all the additional chemicals he received while in the hospital. Sebastian’s brain had swelled outside of his soft spot, they had no more hope for him, and they wanted to turn off the machines.
My daughter came out of that room, looked at me and said, ‘Don’t let them kill my baby, Mom.’ I had to tell her he was already gone. I watched the light die in my daughter’s eyes.
They did unplug him. He died in his mom and dad’s arms. He died on January 22, 2003, at just 8 ½ months old. Forty-two days after that well child visit, multiple organs of his shut down and his little body couldn’t fight anymore.
My most helpless moment in my life was when I had seen the ultrasound of Sebastian’s brain. By this time, all of his organs were shutting down. They had him in a medically-induced coma for about the last five days. The first three days, they would let him wake up. The last two days, he stopped waking up, even when coming out of the anesthesia.
Ultimately, if he hadn’t had the vaccines, none of this would have happened.
My daughter did question the vaccines with the doctor that gave them and her initial response was that they just never see that. Although Sebastian’s doctor later on was more supportive of the fact that vaccines could not be ruled out.
His cause of death listed on his death certificate is ‘Fulminant Liver Failure of Unknown Etiology,’ though the pathologist stated clearly when he wrote, ‘Because this child was vaccinated less than 24 hours prior to onset of illness, we can NOT rule out the vaccines as causative.’
This is as close anyone gets to admission that the vaccines were responsible.”