Teenage Booster Vaccination
The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine, is given as a single injection into the upper arm to boost your child’s protection against three separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
Who should have the 3-in-1 booster?
The 3-in-1 teenage booster, is available routinely on the NHS for all young people aged 13 to 18 years.
It is now given at secondary school during Year 9 at the same time as the Men ACWY vaccine. As a parent, you will be sent a letter from your child’s school nurse via school a week or so before the vaccinations are planned to ask for your consent.
Please complete the consent form, sign it, and send it back to school as soon as possible.
The brand name of the 3-in-1 teenage booster given in the UK is REVAXIS. Read the patient information leaflet below (PIL) for REVAXIS.
There are very few teenagers who aren’t able to have this vaccine, but it should be avoided by anyone who has had an anaphylactic reaction (a serious allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the vaccine, or a reaction to any part of the vaccine that may be present in tiny amounts, such as neomycin, streptomycin or polymixin B or formaldehyde.
It’s safe for teenagers with a minor illness, such as a cough or cold, to have the vaccination. However, anyone with a fever should delay their vaccination until they have recovered. This is to avoid wrongly associating any progression of the illness with the effects of the vaccine.
How safe is the 3-in-1 booster vaccine?
The 3-in-1 teenage booster is a very safe vaccine but, as with all vaccines, some children may have minor side effects, such as swelling, redness or tenderness where you have the injection. Sometimes, a small painless lump develops, but it usually disappears in a few weeks.