The vaccine Hib protects against meningitis, pneumonia and other serious infections, and a combination vaccine for Hib and hepatitis B. The vaccine is recommended for children under 5 and is most commonly given to babies as young as two months old.
Merck & Co., produces half of the nation’s supply of the Hib vaccine. As a result of the recent recall, the company will not be able to supply any vaccine for at least 9 months which may cause of shortage.
Merck recently settled up to 50,000 Vioxx lawsuits for $4.85 billion which helped save the company millions in trial fees.
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