The Meningitis ACWY vaccine and the Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio (teenage booster) vaccine are delivered together. The children will receive both vaccines on the same day, in opposite arms.
What is the teenage booster vaccine?
The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine, is given to boost protection against 3 separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio. The majority of these vaccines are received when a child is young, three parts at baby age and one as a pre-school booster. If those vaccines have been given, this 2nd booster should be the final one. If you are unsure of your child's vaccination status regarding this immunisation, do not hesitate to contact us and we can offer advice and help.
Who can have the vaccine?
The teenage booster vaccine is currently offered to Year 9 students in school, alongside the MenACWY vaccine. Consent forms will be sent out from school and parents are encouraged to discuss the vaccination with their child. It should be noted that due to age of Year 9 students (13/14), they can self-consent to these vaccinations on the day if they wish.
When is the vaccine given?
The teenage booster program is currently delivered between February and April. The consent forms are delivered to school in January to be brought home and returned to school once completed. Our team then arranges dates with the schools for the immunisations to be delivered. We aim to provide dates when the consent forms are delivered however this is not always possible.
What happens if my child misses the vaccine?
Should your child miss the vaccine on the day, either due to absence or refusal (needle phobia, anxiety), we can invite them to a catch-up clinic. Providing there is a consent form for your child and a contact number, we will contact you to arrange a catch-up appointment. We aim to run catch-up clinics in all areas in the school holidays. If your child missed their Teenage Booster vaccine in Year 9, but are still in school (Year 10 or 11), please contact us to book a clinic appointment.
For more information visit the NHS website
Click the link below to download a consent form