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Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) is a bacteria that most commonly infects children under 5 years of age. It can cause serious and life-threatening infections including meningitis, an infection of the lining that covers the brain, and septicemia, an infection of the blood.
The Hib vaccine protects against infection from the Hib bacteria. The Hib vaccine is provided free as part of your child’s routine immunization schedule. It is usually combined with other vaccines such as tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B, and polio. For more information, see HealthLinkBC File #16 Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Vaccine, HealthLinkBC File #15b Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae Type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib) Vaccine, and HealthLinkBC File #105 Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib) Vaccine, or visit Immunize BC.
For more information about routine immunizations, see the B.C. Immunization Schedules.
Adaptation Date: 1/19/2023
Adapted By: HealthLink BC
Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC