Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) containing vaccines
There are two different types of vaccines containing Hib currently available on the National Immunisation Program. The below information details a list of diseases you are protected against
- Infanrix hexa® - diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus
influenzaetype b, hepatitis B and polio
- Act-HIB® - Haemophilus
Hib containing vaccines are available free through the National Immunisation Program, for the following groups:
- 6 weeks of age, 4 and 6 months of age - Infanrix hexa vaccine
- 18 months of age – Act-HIB® vaccine
The Hib vaccine may also be recommended to other groups, for example if you are at a high risk of catching the infection. Speak to your doctor or immunisation provider if you think you are in a high risk category.
How the vaccine is given
The combination vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age or the top of the arm if 12 months of age.
Possible side effects
Like any medications, the combination vaccines can have some minor and
Common side effects may include:
- pain, redness and swelling where immunised
low gradefever of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius
- feeling unsettled
- a lower appetite than normal.
Very rarely, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to ensure effective vaccine safety.
Reducing the side effects
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
- drinking extra fluids
- taking paracetamol as per the instructions on the packet/bottle
- not overdressing if you are already hot.
Where to get immunised
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council or community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisations services page.