Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) Vaccination
One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease
CDC recommends Hib vaccination for:
- All children younger than 5 years old
- Some people at increased risk for invasive Hib disease
- Unvaccinated older children and adults with certain medical conditions
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.
Hib vaccination is recommended for all children younger than 5 years old in the United States, and the vaccine is usually given to babies starting at 2 months old. In certain situations, people at increased risk for invasive Hib disease who are fully vaccinated need more doses of a Hib vaccine. Unimmunized older children and adults with certain medical conditions should also get a Hib vaccine.
Talk with your or your child’s healthcare professional if you have questions about Hib vaccines.
- 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.
- Page last reviewed: November 22, 2016
- Page last updated: November 22, 2016
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