Demo pack of HibTITER vaccine and information leaflets, England, 1992-1993
The HibTITER vaccine was introduced in 1992 to vaccinate against the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae type b. The bacteria causes a strain of meningitis, pneumonia and blood poisoning. The vaccine is given at two, three, four and twelve months. The cards show the symptoms of meningitis, which include a red rash, aversion to bright lights, headaches, vomiting and fever. In babies, symptoms also include a high pitched cry. It is important to be aware of the symptoms as meningitis can be fatal. The cards were launched in 1993 by the charity the National Meningitis Trust to increase awareness among the public about the virus.
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