The Hib/MenC combined vaccine, also commonly known as a booster, is given as an injection at your baby's 12 to 13 months appointment alongside the pneumococcal, MMR, and MenB vaccines.
This vaccine will boost their protection against Hib and help protect your baby against meningitis and septicaemia caused by MenC bacteria.
What vaccine's used?
The Menitorix vaccine's routinely used in Scotland.
What's a booster immunisation?
Booster immunisations are given to increase the protection already given by a primary immunisation. Sometimes the protection offered by a primary immunisation begins to wear off after a time. A booster dose extends the period of protection later into life.
The Hib vaccine only helps protect your child against the type of meningitis caused by the Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria – it doesn't protect against any other type of meningitis.
How effective is the vaccine?
The illnesses caused by Hib can kill if they're not treated quickly. Before the Hib vaccine was introduced, there were about 800 cases of Hib in young children every year.
Before the MenC vaccine was introduced, the disease caused about 1500 cases and 150 deaths each year in the UK.
How do we know the vaccine's safe?
All medicines (including vaccines) are tested for safety and effectiveness by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The vaccine meets the high safety standards required for it to be used in the UK and other European countries. The vaccine has been given to millions of people worldwide.
Once they're in use, the safety of vaccines continues to be monitored by the MHRA.