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How do you prevent Hib disease?

Page last updated 18 January 2022

Vaccination is an effective way to protect against the most common form of Hib disease.

The vaccination for Hib is provided as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for:

  • all infants at two, four, six months – the first three primary doses of Hib vaccine are given as part of a combined vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio and Hib (six-in-one vaccine)
  • all children at 18 months – booster dose of Hib vaccine
  • people aged 5 years or over with asplenia or hyposplenia

If your child has missed any of the recommended doses of Hib, speak with your healthcare professional who can advise on an appropriate ‘catch-up’ schedule of vaccinations.

Sources & Citations

5. Better Health Channel. Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib). Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).

6. Australian Government Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102459   Date of preparation  January 2022