Vaccinations

Hib/MenC vaccine

The Hib/MenC vaccine is a single injection given to one-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 septicaemia (blood poisoning).

Who should have the Hib/MenC vaccine?

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

Read 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 doesn't contain any live organisms so there is no risk of your baby catching the diseases against which it protects. 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).

Read 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 are 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.

Page last reviewed: 18/04/2016

Next review due: 18/04/2018

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Haemophilus influenzae type b

Hib is a bacterium that can cause a number of serious infections. These infections are rare nowadays as they can be prevented with routine vaccination