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Hib resurgence worries state health officials; parents are urged to vaccinate children

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Minnesota health officials are urging parents to make sure their babies are adequately vaccinated against Haemophilus influenzae B, a bacterial infection that can lead to severe illness and is sometimes fatal.

The warning was prompted by an unexpected surge of Hib in Minnesota last year.

"This is a preventable infection. We have to get this message out to everyone we can," said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist.

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