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How do you prevent Hib disease?

Page last updated 20 March 2020

Vaccination is an effective way to protect against Hib disease.

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.


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

2. Australian Government, Department of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook. Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Available at: (accessed 6 March 2020).

4. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. HIB disease and the vaccine (shot) to prevent it. Available at: (accessed 6 March 2020).

6. Australian Government, Department of Health, National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: (accessed 4 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0140(2)a - Date of preparation March 2020