Hib Vaccine Brand NamesThere are a few different Hib vaccines available, including:
- Hiberix® -- approved as a booster dose for children age 15 months through 4 years of age (before the fifth birthday)
- ActHIB® -- Two months through five years of age
- PedvaxHIB -- Two months through five years of age (before the sixth birthday).
There are three combination products that contain the Hib vaccine, including:
- Pentacel® (DTaP, inactivated polio vaccine, and Hib vaccine) -- 6 weeks through 4 years of age (before the fifth birthday)
- MenHibrix® (Hib vaccine and meningococcal vaccine) -- 6 weeks through 18 months of age
- Comvax (hepatitis B vaccine and Hib vaccine) -- 6 weeks to 15 months of age.
Who Should Get the Hib Vaccine and When?
The following sections explain in detail when children and adults should receive the Hib vaccine and how often.
Children should get the Hib vaccine at:
- 2 months of age
- 4 months of age
- 6 months of age
- 12 to 15 months of age.
Depending on what brand of vaccine is used, your child might not need the dose at six months of age. Your doctor or nurse will tell you if this dose is needed.
If you miss a dose of the Hib vaccine or get behind schedule, get the next vaccine as soon as you can. There is no need to start over. Due to a shortage of Hib vaccine, many children did not receive the 12-to-15-month dose. However, this shortage has been resolved, and children can now receive this last booster dose whenever convenient.
The Hib vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.