Teenage immunisations

Information about recommended immunisations for young people and their parents or guardians. 

Thanks to immunisation, diseases such as polio have disappeared in the UK, which is why it’s so important to get your jabs. However, these diseases could come back as they are still around in many countries throughout the world.

Although you were probably immunised against tetanus, diphtheria and polio as a child, and may still have some protection, you still need a Td/IPV booster to complete your routine immunisations and give you longer-term protection. Teenagers who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine should ensure they are protected. 
 
The HPV vaccine, is offered to all girls to help protect against cervical cancer.

Contact your GP or school nurse for more information. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Teenage immunisations (all):

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) 
Helps protect against measles, mumps and rubella. This is offered to teenagers that have not had two doses of the vaccine. 

Td/IPV vaccine 
Helps protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio. 

MenACWY vaccine                                                                                                                                                                                                          Helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y. 

Immunisations for girls:

HPV vaccine
Helps protect against cervical cancer.  

For young people with medical conditions:

Influenza (Flu) vaccine* 
Helps protect against flu.  

Pneumococcal vaccine* 
Provides some protection against a form of bacterial meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria, as well as helps protect against other conditions such as severe ear infections and pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria.

*Advised for young people with heart, lung, kidney, liver or other long-term health problems.

More information:

A guide to teenage immunisations
An overview of the routine immunisations offered to teenagers to help protect them from serious diseases.

A guide to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
An overview of the HPV immunisation offered to teenagers to help protect them from cervical cancer.

What to expect after immunisation
Important information for young people and their parents about what to expect immediately after an immunisation.

For advice and information on any health topic, speak to your doctor or school nurse, or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 (Textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88; 8am -10pm, 7 days; NHS Inform also provide an interpreting service).

Last reviewed on 19 February 2016

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