Meningitis-Haemophilus Influenza (HIB Disease-Vaccine Preventable)
Meningitis due to the Haemophilus influenza bacteria, and is vaccine preventable.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
HIB is most common in children six months through five years of age. Symptoms are lethargy, fever, stiff neck, headache, irritability, tiredness, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Two to four days
MODE OF TRANSMISSION:
Person-to-person contact, by airborne droplet spray, and nose and throat discharges during communicable period.
Vaccine available. Any child attending pre-school or nursery care should have this vaccine.
PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY:
As long as organisms are present. Non-communicable within 24-48 hours after starting effective antibiotic therapy.
IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL:
Exclude from school. Healthcare provider’s note required to return to school. Report to Coordinated Student Health Services immediately at 754-321-1575. Coordinated Student Health Services will report immediately to Department of Health-Broward.