The most effective way to prevent your child getting epiglottitis is to make suretheir vaccinations are up to date.
Children are particularly vulnerable to a Hib infection, because they have an underdeveloped immune system.
Children should receive their Hib as part of the 5 in 1 DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine , which also protects against diphtheria , tetanus , whooping cough and polio .
Children should receive three doses of the vaccine: oneat two months, one when they are three months and one when they are four months old. This is followed by an additional Hib/Men C "booster" vaccine at 12 months.
As children from developing countries may not have received the vaccination, children who have immigrated to the UK should take part in the UK immunisation programme. Contact your GP if you are not sure whether your childs vaccinations are up to date.
Epiglottitis is inflammation and swelling of the epiglottis. In most cases, it's caused by infection. The epiglottis is a flap of tissue that sits beneath the tongue at the back of the throat.
The symptoms of epiglottitis usually develop quickly and get rapidly worse, although they can develop over a few days in older children and adults. Symptoms include: a severe Strep throat difficul
Epiglottitis is regarded as a medical emergency, asa swollen epiglottis can restrict the oxygen supply to your lungs. Dial 999 to ask for an ambulance if you think you or your child has epiglottitis
Epiglottitis is treated in hospital. The first thing the medical team will do is secure the person's airways, to make surethey can breathe properly. Securing the airways Anoxygen mask will be given
Epiglottitis is usually caused by an infection withHaemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) bacteria. As well as epiglottitis, Hib can cause a number of serious infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis
The most effective way to prevent your child getting epiglottitis is to make suretheir vaccinations are up to date. Children are particularly vulnerable to a Hib infection, because they have an under
Because of the success of the Hib vaccination programme,epiglottitis is rare in the UK, andmost cases now occur in adults.Deaths from epiglottitis arealso rare, occurring inless than 1 in 100 cases.