Posted by: BMJ | 2012/09/17


Further report back sick 5 year old

Dear Doc

I had a call from my paed who said that my son tested positive for haemopfhilus influenza monococcal strain.- a bacterial infection. The antibiotic he received was the correct treatment for it. I googled it and all that google brings up is meningitis. Surely my dr would have said if he had meniningitis - especially bacterial meningtiis

He has left the office for the day, so I will call tomorrow to ask more questions - I was driving when he called and it was not a safe stopping area.

Expert's Reply



Haemophilus influenzae is a common bacterial cause of pneumonia in children.Has your son had all his immunisations including the 5 in 1 [now known as the 6 in 1]? I only ask this as he should have had good immunity against this bacterial infection as he was immunised against haemophilus in early infancy and at 18 months.

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