Your teenage vaccines will help improve your protection against infectious disease. They protect you against conditions which can make you seriously ill – like tetanus, diphtheria, polio and meningitis.
Most people have already had vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria and polio, usually as a baby. These protected when you were small, but will now need topping up. In Year 9, you will be offered a 3-in-1 teenage vaccine to help increase this protection now that you are older.
You will also be offered the MenACWY vaccine, which protects against meningitis and related conditions.
If you are in Year 8, you will be offered the HPV vaccine at a clinic in school. More information about the HPV vaccine is available here.
All young adults should also make sure they are fully protected against measles, mumps and rubella. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are needed to give you the best protection against these diseases. Most people have both before they start primary school, but your school nurse or a member of our immunisation team may invite you to have this vaccine if our records show you have not received two doses.
Vaccination helps to protect you and those around you. It is important to have your vaccine at the right time. Please don't put yourself at risk by delaying.
Read more information about the teenage vaccines from NHS 111 Wales.