NHS Choices Medical Reference
The Td/IPV vaccine boosts your protection against three diseases:
(IPV or inactivated polio vaccine).
It is also known as the teenage booster.
Who should have it?
The Td/IPV vaccination is recommended for young people aged between 13 and 18 (see When it is needed).
About the vaccine
Td/IPV is a combined vaccine that contains:
- purified diphtheria toxoid (low dose)
- purified tetanus toxoid
- three types of inactivated polio virus (the viruses contained in the vaccine have been killed, so there is no risk of developing polio from the vaccine)
A toxoid is a toxin that has been treated to destroy its toxic properties but is still able to produce an immune response.
Td/IPV does not contain mercury (thiomersal) and it is not cultured in egg.
It is quite usual to get some swelling and redness at the site of the injection. Sometimes, a small painless lump develops, but it usually disappears in a few weeks. Read more about the possible side effects of the Td/IPV vaccination.