This page is about the 5-in-1 vaccine used in the UK until 2017. Other countries may use a different version of the 5-in-1 vaccine. If you are not from the UK please check which vaccine is used in your country, as the information here may not apply to you. See 'More information about the vaccine' at the bottom of the page.
The 5-in-1 vaccine was used in the UK for many years. In late September 2017 the UK replaced it with a 6-in-1 vaccine for all babies born on or after 1st August 2017. Both vaccines give protection against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Hib disease (Haemophilus influenzae type b). Before vaccines existed, these diseases used to kill thousands of children in the UK every year (see the table in 'More information about the vaccine' at the bottom of the page). The 6-in-1 vaccine also gives protection against hepatitis B, a cause of serious liver disease.
The 5-in-1 vaccine was given to all UK babies born on or before 31st July 2017. It was given at 2, 3 and 4 months in the UK. The 5-in-1 vaccines used in the UK do not contain any live bacteria or viruses and cannot cause any of the diseases they protect against.
Two brands of 5-in-1 vaccine were used in the UK: Pediacel and Infanrix IPV+Hib (see the Patient Information Leaflet).