Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) Vaccination
Vaccines are available that can help prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b or Hib disease. These vaccines do not provide protection against other types of Haemophilus influenzae disease. Haemophilus influenzae disease is any type of infection caused by Haemophilus influenzae bacteria.
CDC recommends Hib vaccination for all children younger than 5 years old in the United States. CDC does not recommend Hib vaccination for most people 5 years or older unless they:
- Have certain medical conditions and are unvaccinated
- Receive a bone marrow transplant
Talk with your or your child’s doctor if you have questions about Hib vaccines.
CDC recommends Hib vaccination for:
- All children younger than 5 years old
- Unvaccinated older children and adults with certain medical conditions
- People who receive a bone marrow transplant
- CDC’s Haemophilus influenzae Disease Website
- CDC’s Meningitis Website
- CDC’s Pneumonia Website
- CDC’s Sepsis Website
- Hib Vaccine Information Statement
- Hib Information on vaccines.gov
- Photos of Hib Bacteria and People Affected by Hib Disease
Warning: Some of these photos are graphic.