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The Td/IPV vaccine boosts your protection against three diseases:

tetanus

(T),

diphtheria

(d) and

polio

(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.

Medical Review: July 21, 2012

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