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Teenage Booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Meningitis)

The teenage booster vaccinations protect against tetanus, diphtheria and polio and Meningococcal strains ACW&Y and is offered in Year 9. They are given in two separate injections which are given at the same time, this will complete their childhood immunisations and will ensure they are protected against four deadly types of meningitis in readiness for when they start college, university, or employment.

For any child who has missed their routine vaccinations, the School Age Immunisation Service will continue to offer them until the end of Year 11. Young people may be offered the opportunity to self-consent for vaccination.

Click the E-consent image to complete a consent form, which must be submitted no later than two working days before the session date. Please use the unique code provided by your child’s school. If you experience any problems accessing the form, contact your local Immunisation team and they will be happy to help.

If you decide you do not wish your child to receive the vaccine, please submit the form and indicate that you do not consent. This will enable us to update your child’s immunisation record.

For more information about the vaccinations see the tabs below. 

Meningitis (MenACWY)           
Diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis               
Protect yourself - NHS leaflet     

School Age Immunisation team contact details:

South East (Havant, Fareham, Gosport): southeasthants immunisationteam@ southernhealth.nhs.uk
South West (Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, Romsey, New Forest): southwesthants immunisationteam@ southernhealth.nhs.uk
North East (Aldershot, Farnham, Rushmoor, Hart) & East Hampshire: northeasthants immunisationteam@ southernhealth.nhs.uk
North West (Andover, Winchester and Basingstoke): northwesthants immunisationteam@ southernhealth.nhs.uk

Top tips for immunisation day

Clothes - Wear a short-sleeved shirt, blouse or T-shirt for the session, to make it easy for the immunisation nurse to give the vaccine in your upper arm.

Food - Make sure you have something to eat and drink before school and during the school day, after you’ve had your vaccination.

Keep calm - Remember it’s OK to feel nervous, but it’s really important to stay calm, and the nurse giving you the vaccination will be able to help you with this.

Music - If your school allows, you can listen to music during the vaccination to help you chill out.

Relax and count to 5 - The injection is really quick and will be over before you know it!

After having a vaccination

After having a vaccination, you may have some minor side effects. For example:

  • Often people experience redness, swelling or pain around the injection site, and may have a bit of a headache
  • Other common side effects include some bruising or itchiness at the injection site, a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery, sick and some pain in the arms and legs.

These symptoms shouldn’t last very long, and taking pain killers, such as paracetamol, can help you feel better. It’s also a good idea to have something to eat, and a drink so you stay hydrated after you’ve had a vaccination. If your symptoms last a while, or get worse, call the free NHS helpline on 111, or contact your GP.

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