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MenHibrix Uses

MenHibrix is a common vaccine given to infants to help protect them from meningitis, bloodstream infections, and a number of other invasive diseases. This vaccine contains certain molecules from the bacteria, which prepare the body to fight any future exposure to these bacteria. MenHibrix is approved for use in children age 6 weeks to 18 months old.

What Is MenHibrix Used For?

MenHibrix® (Hib vaccine and meningococcal vaccine) is a routine childhood vaccine. It is a combination product that provides protection against invasive disease caused by the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) bacteria and Neisseria meningitidis bacteria.
Invasive Hib diseases include:
  • Bacterial meningitis (a life-threatening infection of the brain and spinal cord covering)
  • Pneumonia
  • Epiglottitis (a type of severe throat infection)
  • Skin infections
  • Arthritis
  • Bone infections
  • Endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart)
  • Bloodstream infections.
The most common invasive Neisseria meningitides diseases include:
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Bacterial meningitis (a bacterial infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord).
MenHibrix is approved for use in children age 6 weeks to 18 months old.

How Does It Work?

This vaccine contains polysaccharide (sugar) molecules from the outside coating of the N. meningitis bacteria. It also contains Hib polysaccharides, which are sugar molecules from the outside coating of the Hib bacteria.
MenHibrix "tricks" the body into thinking it has been exposed to the actual bacteria, but without the risks of a real infection. When future exposure to the bacteria occurs, the immune system "remembers" the bacteria and is better able to fight it off.
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