Hib vaccination

The most effective way to prevent your child getting epiglottitis is to make suretheir vaccinations are up to date.

Children are particularly vulnerable to a Hib infection, because they have an underdeveloped immune system.

Children should receive their Hib as part of the 5 in 1 DTaP/IPV/Hib vaccine , which also protects against diphtheria , tetanus , whooping cough and polio .

Children should receive three doses of the vaccine: oneat two months, one when they are three months and one when they are four months old. This is followed by an additional Hib/Men C "booster" vaccine at 12 months.

As children from developing countries may not have received the vaccination, children who have immigrated to the UK should take part in the UK immunisation programme. Contact your GP if you are not sure whether your childs vaccinations are up to date.


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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018