The Meningitis ACWY vaccine and the Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio (teenage booster) vaccine are delivered together. Your child will be offered both vaccines on the same day, given as one vaccine in each arm.
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 as baby immunisations 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 Meningitis ACWY vaccine. Information about 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 the 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. From September 2019, consent forms for all vaccination programmes will be completed using an online system. The information about this system will go out to schools and then be passed onto parents. We aim to provide vaccination dates when the consent forms go out however this is not always possible if schools wish to change their date. All current dates can be found on the Immunisation Dates page.
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