The Td/IPV vaccine

The Td/IPV vaccine

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) we will send you an email with a link to complete and online decision form. Please complete this decision form as soon as you can so that we can give your child their vaccination at the arranged school session.

If your child is not educated in a school setting, please contact Somerset SAINT on 0300 323 0032, to book into one of our community sessions. If you have not received a decision form then please contact Somerset SAINT to request one.

On the day

We ask that on the day of vaccination your child wears short sleeves that allow easy access to their upper arms, or wears a vest or t-shirt under their school shirt. Privacy in schools is often limited and it can be embarrassing for young people to have to remove clothing to be vaccinated. We also need them to eat breakfast and be well hydrated before they are vaccinated.

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.

Once your child has been vaccinated, we send that information to Child Health in Somerset. The information is then passed to your child’s GP.

Can we help?

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 323 0032 and we can arrange for you to speak to one of our immunisation nurses.

For further information please view the link below: 

3-in-1 teenage booster FAQs – NHS (