3-in-1 Teenage Booster Vaccination
What does the 3-in-1 Teenage Booster protect against?
Tetanus is a condition caused when bacteria found in soil and manure enters the body through cuts, burns or other open wounds. Symptoms include painful muscle spasms, fever and a rapid heartbeat. The disease cannot be passed from person to person but can be fatal if left untreated.
Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause breathing difficulties, problems with the nervous system and heart damage. The first sign of diphtheria is usually a sore throat.
This serious viral infection may result in temporary or permanent paralysis and is life-threatening in some cases. Polio can also cause deformities such as twisted legs or feet. There is no cure for the disease at present, so vaccination is highly important.
Who should be vaccinated?
This teenage booster vaccine is routinely given to all 13-14 year olds on the Island (during school year 9). Pupils will be informed of the vaccination schedule before the dose is due and parents will be required to provide consent.
Is the vaccination safe?
Yes, the vaccine is very safe. There is a small possibility of minor side effects such as redness or tenderness at the injection site, and occasionally a small, painless lump will develop. This usually disappears within a few weeks.
Aren’t I already immunised against these diseases?
You should have already had four doses of tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines; three as a baby and one just before you started primary school. This fifth dose is essential to build up your immunity and provide long-term protection. It is usually the last booster that you will need, however additional vaccines protecting against these diseases may be required before you visit certain countries.