MENITORIX is a vaccine that can be given to children to prevent illness caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and Neisseria meningitidis group C (MenC) bacteria. The vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against these bacteria. The vaccine cannot cause these serious diseases.

       Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib): Hib bacteria most often cause meningitis (inflammation of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord). Even after recovery from Hib meningitis there can be problems from the illness such as mental retardation, spastic paralysis, deafness or epilepsy. Hib infection can also cause severe swelling of the throat that can cause severe breathing problems (suffocation). Less commonly, the bacteria can infect other parts of the body, such as the lungs and the bones and joints.

       Neisseria meningitidis group C (MenC): Like Hib bacteria, MenC bacteria most often cause meningitis. They may also cause severe blood infections and infect the heart, throat and other organs. Death from MenC infections may be very rapid.

As with all vaccines, MENITORIX may not protect all people who are vaccinated.

Also, MENITORIX does not protect against meningitis caused by other bacteria or viruses, including other types and groups of Haemophilus or Neisseria bacteria.