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The Td/IPV vaccine, sometimes known as the teenage booster or 3-in-1 is given as a single injection into the upper arm to boost your child’s protection against three separate diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
How does my child get this vaccination?
When your son or daughter reaches eligible age (currently all children in year 9 and 10) you will be sent a letter via school, or if your child is not in school this will be sent to your home address. The letter will advise you that you need to complete consent from. Consent forms can be found by clicking the links on our immunisation page. If you are not able to access the consent form and complete it online please do contact us on 0300 123 5205 and we will send a paper copy out to you.
On the day
It is important that on the day of vaccination that young people wear short sleeves that allow easy access to their upper arms, or wear a vest or t-shirt under their school shirt. Privacy in schools is often limited and it can be embarrassing to remove clothing to be vaccinated. It is also important those being vaccinated eat breakfast and are well hydrated prior to immunisations being given.
The Td/IPV 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.
The brand name of the 3-in-1 teenage booster given in the UK is REVAXIS, for more information please read the REVAXIS leaflet.
Our teams collect the details of children who have been vaccinated and send them to Child Health Records Departments in Kent or East Sussex depending on where you live. The information is then passed to your child’s GP to be held in their records.
If you have any concerns about this vaccination, for example if you are worried because your child is needle phobic, has additional needs, or you want to ask any questions please do contact us on 0300 123 5205 and we can arrange for you to speak to one of your local immunisation nurses.