Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease is serious. It is most common in children less than 5 years old.

Hib Can Cause:

  • Meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord coverings)
  • Lasting brain damage
  • Pneumonia
  • Infections of the blood, joints, bones, soft tissue under the skin, throat, and the covering of the heart
  • Death

Benefits of the Vaccine

Vaccination is the best way to protect against Hib disease. Because most children get the Hib vaccine, there are now many fewer cases than if we stopped vaccinating children.

Hib Vaccine Schedule

  • 2 months of age
  • 4 months of age
  • 6 months of age. This dose is not needed with some brands of vaccine.
  • 12 to 15 months of age

For more information, visit your local health department or Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health.