The Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine protects against serious and life-threatening infections including meningitis, an infection of the lining that covers the brain, and septicemia, an infection of the blood.
Vaccines are safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get the Haemophilus influenzae type b.
The Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine is provided free in BC. It is combined with other vaccines so a person can receive protection from several diseases with one shot.
Several different vaccines are used to prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b:
*Click on the link for more information about the vaccine, including the benefits, possible reactions after the vaccine and who should not get the vaccine.
Vaccines are available from public health units, doctors' offices and pharmacies (for people 5 years of age and older). Services vary across BC.
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If you're a health care provider looking for information on immunization, please visit the Health Professionals section of the BCCDC website. There you can find clinical resources, immunization courses, print resources for patients and more.
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