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Hib/MenC vaccine

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The Hib/MenC vaccine helps prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningitis C, which are serious, life-threatening bacterial infections.

1 year old babies are given the Hib/MenC vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination schedule, but it can be given up to the age of 10 if needed.

Most children can have the Hib/MenC vaccine. They only need to avoid it if they've had a reaction to an ingredient in it or to the 6-in-1 vaccine.

You can check the ingredients in the Hib/MenC vaccine by asking to see the patient leaflet or searching for it online.

Your GP surgery will usually contact you to arrange your child's Hib/MenC vaccination. Speak to your GP surgery if you've not been contacted.

The Hib/MenC vaccine is given as an injection into the arm or thigh. It can be given at the same time as other vaccines.

Common side effects of the Hib/MenC vaccine include pain and swelling where the injection is given, a slightly high temperature and feeling irritable.

Page last reviewed: 30/11/2023
Next review due: 30/11/2026