Why get immunised against Hib?

Hib (also called Haemophilus influenzae type b) is a serious disease in young children. It can affect the airways, skin, ears or brain.

Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you from Hib.

By getting vaccinated against Hib, you can also help protect other people, especially people who are too sick or too young to be vaccinated. The more people who are vaccinated in your community, the less likely the disease will spread.

Who should get immunised against Hib?

Hib immunisation is recommended for:

  • children aged 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 18 months, for free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP)
  • people who don’t have a functioning spleen or have had their spleen removed
  • people who have had a stem cell transplant.

Where can you get a Hib immunisation?

Hib immunisations are available in each Australian state and territory.

See Where can I get immunised? for information.

How do you get immunised against Hib?

You can get Hib vaccines on their own or in a combination. They are all given as a needle.

Hib vaccines include:

Your doctor can tell you which vaccine they will use for your Hib immunisation.

Do I need to pay for Hib immunisation?

Eligible people can get vaccines covered by the NIP for free. See the NIP Schedule to find out which vaccines you or your family are eligible to receive.

Eligible people get the vaccine for free, but your doctor or other health care provider may charge a fee for your visit. You can ask about this when you make your appointment.

If you are not eligible for free vaccination, you may need to pay for it. The cost depends on the type of vaccine, the formula and where you buy it. Your immunisation provider can give you more information.

What are the possible side effects of Hib immunisation?

All medicines and vaccines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they’re not.

For most people, the chance of having a serious side effect from a vaccine is much lower than the chance of serious harm if you caught the disease.

Talk to your doctor about possible side effects of Hib vaccines, or if you or your child have symptoms after having a Hib vaccine that worry you.

Common side effects of Hib vaccines include:

  • redness and swelling where the needle went in
  • fever.

The Consumer Medicine Information links in How do you get immunised against Hib? list the side effects of each vaccine.

More information

Contacts

If you need advice or more information about immunisation, go to our Immunisation contacts page.

Last updated: 
1 August 2018