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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