The Td/IPV vaccine completes the 5 dose course that provides long-term protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio.
The vaccine's usually given between 13 and 18 years of age. From S3, all young people are offered the Td/IPV vaccine by the NHS school health team at secondary school.
If your immunisation session was not possible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, your health board will be in touch to rearrange your appointment.
If you have left school or are unsure if you have missed any vaccinations, contact your GP to check.
Tetanus is a painful disease affecting the nervous system that can lead to muscle spasms, cause breathing problems and even kill. It's caused by germs found in soil and manure getting into the body through open cuts or burns.
Tetanus can't be passed from person to person.
Learn more about tetanus
Diphtheria is a serious disease that usually begins with a sore throat and can quickly cause breathing problems. It can damage the heart and nervous system, and in severe cases, can kill. Diptheria is passed from person to person through close contact.
Before the diphtheria vaccine was introduced in the UK, there were up to 70,000 cases of diphtheria a year, causing around 5,000 deaths.
Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system and can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. If it affects the chest muscles or the brain, polio can kill. The polio virus is usually spread from person to person or by swallowing contaminated food or water.
Before the polio vaccine was introduced, there were as many as 8,000 cases in the UK during the polio epidemic. Because of the continued success of the polio vaccination, there have been no cases of natural polio infection in the UK for over 30 years (the last case was in 1984).
More about polio
If I was immunised against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, am I still protected?
You may still have some protection. However, this vaccine will provide longer-term protection by boosting the immunisations against diptheria, tetanus and polio which were first given before the age of 5.
How many boosters do I need to have?
You need a total of 5 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines to build up and keep your immunity.
You should have:
- the first 3 doses as a baby
- the fourth dose when you were aged from 3 years 4 months and before you started school
- the fifth dose between 13 and 18 years of age
Will I need more boosters in the future?
You probably won't need further boosters of these vaccines. However, you may need extra doses of some vaccines if you're visiting certain countries. Check with the nurse at your GP practice.