Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) containing vaccines
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine helps protect you against Haemophilus influenzae. Hib causes meningitis, blood poisoning, airway obstruction, pneumonia, and infections of the bones, joints and skin.
There are two different types of vaccines containing Hib currently available as part of the National Immunisation Program. The below information details a list of diseases you are protected against for each vaccine:
Infants at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months of age - Infanrix hexa® vaccine
Children at 18 months of age – Act-HIB® vaccine
The Hib vaccine, Act-HIB
®, is also recommended and free for adults and children >5 years of age with asplenia, hyposplenia and some blood disorders. A single dose of Hib vaccine is required if the person was not vaccinated in infancy or was incompletely vaccinated. For further information see Medical at risk immunisation requirements.
The Hib vaccine may also be recommended (but not free) for other at risk groups Speak to your doctor or immunisation provider if you think you are in a high risk category.
How the vaccine is given
The vaccines are given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age or the top of the arm from 12 months of age.
Possible side effects of the Hib vaccine
Like any medications, the combination vaccines can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
mild fever of 37-38 degrees Celsius
feeling unsettled or irritable
Very rarely, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
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