Immunisation: What you need to know before you consent
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Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine helps protect you against Haemophilus influenzae. Hib causes meningitis, blood poisoning, airway obstruction, pneumonia, and infections of the bones, joints and skin.
There are two different types of vaccines containing Hib currently available as part of the National Immunisation Program. The below information details a list of diseases you are protected against for each vaccine:
Hib containing vaccines are available free through the National Immunisation Program, for the following groups:
The Hib vaccine may also be recommended for other groups, for example if you are at a high risk of catching the infection. Speak to your doctor or immunisation provider if you think you are in a high risk category.
The vaccines are given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age or the top of the arm from 12 months of age.
Like any medications, the combination vaccines can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
Very rarely, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to ensure effective vaccine safety.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council or community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisations services page.