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Hib/MenC vaccine overview

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The Hib/MenC vaccine is a single injection given to 1-year-old babies to boost their protection against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C.

Hib and meningitis C infections are serious and potentially fatal. They can both cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia).

Who should have the Hib/MenC vaccine?

The Hib/MenC vaccine is offered to all babies at the age of 1 year as part of the NHS vaccination schedule.

Find out more about when your baby should have the Hib/MenC vaccine

Why is the Hib/MenC vaccine needed?

The vaccine boosts the protection your baby has already gained from their first course of Hib vaccine, which they received in the 6-in-1 vaccine at 8, 12 and 16 weeks old, and begins their protection against meningitis C.

How safe is the Hib/MenC vaccine?

The Hib/MenC vaccine is very safe. It's inactivated, which means it does not contain any live organisms, so there's no risk of your baby catching the diseases it protects against. The vaccine also has few side effects.

The brand name of the Hib/MenC vaccine given in the UK is Menitorix.

Read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Menitorix (PDF, 104kb)

Find out more about the Hib/MenC vaccine side effects

How effective is the Hib/MenC vaccine?

The Hib/MenC booster is highly effective and protects children when they're most vulnerable to these diseases.

Rates of Hib and MenC disease in the UK are now at their lowest ever levels as a result of vaccination.

How does the Hib/MenC vaccine work?

The Hib/MenC vaccine contains bits of the bacteria that cause the diseases it protects against.

If your child comes into contact with these germs, the antibodies their body produces after vaccination will fight the infection to stop the disease taking hold.

Read answers to parents' common questions about the Hib/MenC vaccine

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