In year 9 girls and boys will be offered a 3 in 1 teenage booster which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.
All immunisations are given by a healthcare professional who is experienced in giving immunisations. The immunisation will be in your upper arm.
You will receive a letter explaining your vaccination and a consent form about 2 weeks beforehand. Your parents or carers need to sign and send the consent form back to school.
If you want to discuss having the vaccine you can speak to your school's Link Nurse in your monthly school drop-in or chat to a nurse via Starting Well Online Chat.
What is tetanus?
Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system which can lead to muscle spasms. It is caused when germs found in the soil and manure get into the body through open cuts or burns. Tetanus cannot be passed from person to person.
What is diphtheria?
Diphtheria is a serious disease that usually begins with a sore throat and can quickly cause breathing problems.
What is polio?
Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system which can cause permanent paralysis of muscles.
Having the vaccination
You will be offered this vaccination on the same day as the MenACWY vaccine. They will both be given in your upper arm at the same time to minimise any discomfort.
As with all vaccines, any reports of side effects are closely monitored and reviewed. See www.nhs.uk/ or see the patient information leaflet (PIL) if you’d like more information on side effects.
Online Consent Form