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The Haemophilus Vaccine

A Victory for Immunologic Engineering


Arne Tarnvik
Department of Infectious Diseases
Umea University


This case study focuses on a young mother whose child attends a day care center where there has been an outbreak of bacterial meningitis. The case explores the need for health care workers to provide relevant medical information and advice to patients, parents, and the community as well as the efficacy of vaccines.  The case is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences. It may be used in a course in microbiology, immunology, internal medicine, preventive medicine, pediatrics, or primary health care. It might also be useful for nursing and pharmacy students.


  • To understand principles of host interaction with encapsulated bacteria.
  • To understand the rationale for vaccination against encapsulated bacteria in general and Haemophilus influenzae in particular.
  • To understand the relationship between age and induction of immune protection to encapsulated bacteria.
  • To be able to discuss/debate vaccine efficacy and safety.


Haemophilus; H. influenza; bacterial meningitis; vaccination; vaccine; infectious disease; bacterial infection

Topical Areas

Science and the media, Social issues

Educational Level

Undergraduate upper division, Professional (degree program), Continuing education



Type / Methods

Debate, Discussion



Subject Headings

Medicine (General)  |   Nursing  |   Pharmacy / Pharmacology  |   Public Health  |   Microbiology  |  

Date Posted


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