The national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases, such as polio, have disappeared in the UK, but they could come back – they are still around in many countries throughout the world. That’s why it is so important for you to be protected. In the UK such diseases are kept in check because we have high immunisation rates.
A vaccine contains a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals the bacterium produces. Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances to fight infections and diseases), so if you come into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it, fight back and protect you.
How is it Given?
The teenage booster, also known as the 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine, is given as a single injection into the upper arm to boost your protection against the three separate diseases. It is common to experience some soreness in the arm and some examples of the less common side effects are dizziness and headaches.
Every year thousands of young people are vaccinated and you or your parents will need to give consent to receive the vaccinations. When our nurses come into your school they will discuss with you any concerns you have, or you could call confidentially on 01872 221105, 01872 221106 or 01872 221107