The Hib/MenC vaccine is given to babies to protect them against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C, both serious infections which can cause meningitis and septicaemia.
When should babies have the Hib/MenC vaccine ?
The Hib/MenC vaccine is offered to all babies at the age of 1 year as part of the Gibraltar childhood vaccination schedule.
Why is the Hib/MenC vaccine needed?
This vaccine begins your baby’s protection against meningitis C and 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.
How is the vaccine given?
The vaccine is injected into your baby’s thigh.
How well does the vaccine work?
The Hib/MenC booster is very effective and protects children when they are most vulnerable to these diseases.
Is the vaccine safe?
The Hib/MenC vaccine is very safe. As it is an inactivated vaccine, it does not contain any live organisms, so there is no risk of your baby catching the diseases it protects against.
Does the vaccine have any sideeffects?
The majority of babies will not experience any side effect, but for the few that do, these are mild and short-lived. Common reactions include:
- pain, redness or swelling at the site of the injection
- a high temperature
- loss of appetite
Less common reactions may include:
- being sick (vomiting)
- feeling generally unwell
Rare reactions to the Hib/MenC vaccine may include a skin rash-if this occurs, contact your GP straight away. Severe allergic reactions to the Hib/MenC vaccine, but they are extremely rare.
Can my child have the Hib/MenC, MMR, MenB and pneumo jabs all at the same time?
Yes. These 4 vaccines are given together at 1 year of age. (Ideally, each injection should be given in a different part of your baby’s body, so probably in each arm and each leg).
Which babies should not have the Hib/MenC vaccine?
The Hib/MenC vaccine should not be given to babies who have had a confirmed serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of the Hib vaccine, or to any component of the vaccine.