3-in-1 Vaccine

3-in-1 Vaccine

The 3-in-1 or the Td/IPV vaccine (teenage booster) is given to boost protection against diptheria, polio and tetanus.

The brand name of the 3-in-1 teenage booster vaccine given in the UK is Revaxis®.

Who should have the 3-in-1 booster?

The 3-in-1 teenage booster is available for all young people aged 14, as part of the GHA vaccination programme. It is routinely given at secondary school (School year 9) at the same time as the MenACWY vaccine.

How is the vaccine given?

The vaccine is given as a single injection given into the muscle of the upper arm.

How safe is the 3-in-1 booster vaccine?

The 3-in-1 teenage booster is a very safe vaccine. As with all vaccines, some people may have minor side effects.

Very common side-effects include:

  • pain, tenderness or redness at the injection site
  • swelling or a small painless lump at the injection site

Common side-effects include:

  • feeling dizzy
  • nausea and vomiting)
  • ahigh temperature (38C or higher)
  •  headache

Uncommon reactions include:

  • swollen glands
  • muscle pains 
  • feeling generally unwell

Other side effects that have been reported include:

  • diarrhoea
  • shivering and flu-like symptoms
  • feeling of numbness in the vaccinated arm
  • a rash
  • fainting

Rarely, some  may experience joint pains and very rarely. If a person having the vaccine suffers a severe allegic reaction, the healthcare professional giving the vaccine will deal with this promptly.

If I was vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, am I still protected?

You will have some protection, but the booster vaccination will strengthen this and help keep you protected for many more years.

Can I get polio from the polio part of this vaccine?

No. The teenage booster vaccine contains inactivated polio virus, which cannot cause polio.

How many boosters do I need to have?

In total, you need 5 doses of the tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccines through your childhood. This will build up and maintain your body’s own immunity against these infections.

You receive the first 3 doses as a baby in the 6-in-1 vaccine. The fourth dose is given around the age of 3 as a pre-school booster in the 4-in-1 vaccine, and the fifth and final dose is the teenage 3-in-1 booster given at age 14 (school year 9).

If you think you may have missed any of your doses,discuss this with your GP or nurse.

You may need an additional booster before travelling to some countries or if you have had a certain type of injury.

Who should not be given the 3-in-1 teenage booster?

You should not have the 3-in-1 teenage booster jab if you have had a severe allergic reaction  to a previous dose or an ingredient in the vaccine.

If you are feeling ill  or have a fever, you should also postpone vaccination until you are better. 

Can I have any other vaccinations at the same time as the teenage booster?

You will probably be offered the MenACWY vaccine at the same time as your 3-in-1 vaccine.

This is also the best time to check with the nurse that all your other vaccinations are up-to-date, such as MMR. If not, you can have these other routine childhood vaccinations at the same time as the 3-in-1 teenage booster.