What is Hib?
Hib is an infection caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria. It can lead to a number of major illnesses such as septicaemia (blood poisoning), pneumonia and meningitis.
More about Haemophilus influenzae type b
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. This causes pressure on the brain resulting in symptoms like:
- severe headache
- stiff neck
- dislike of bright light
Meningitis can progress very rapidly and can lead to:
- learning difficulties
It can even lead to death.
More about meningitis
What is septicaemia?
Septicaemia (blood poisoning) is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. The risk of death is higher than with meningitis.
The signs of cold hands and feet, pale skin, vomiting and being very sleepy or difficult to wake can come on quickly.
More about septicaemia
Why should a baby be vaccinated?
A child will be offered a dose of the combined Hib/MenC vaccine between 12 and 13 months of age to:
- boost their protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- help protect against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group C (MenC) bacteria
The Hib/MenC vaccine doesn't protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by:
- meningococcal group B bacteria
- other bacteria or viruses such as pneumococcal or mumps
When will a baby be immunised?
A baby will be offered the Hib/MenC vaccine at 12 to 13 months. Your local health board will contact you to let you know about their arrangements for the baby's routine childhood immunisations.
Most health boards run special immunisation baby clinics. If you cannot attend your appointment contact your health board to make another.
Find out how to contact your health board regarding the baby's vaccination appointment
If you’re unsure about anything, or have any questions about the Hib/MenC vaccine, contact: