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 14 (school year 9).
It is generally given at secondary school at the same time as the Men ACWY vaccine. As a parent, you will be sent a letter from your child's school a week or so before the vaccinations are planned to ask for your or your child's consent.
The brand name of the 3-in-1 teenage booster given in the UK is REVAXIS.
Read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for REVAXIS.
Read more about which children should have the 3-in-1 teenage booster jab.
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.
Read more about the possible side effects of the 3-in-1 vaccination.
Read answers to the common questions that parents ask about the 3-in-1 teenage booster jab.
This NHS leaflet has more information on immunisations at secondary school.
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