This year, for the first time in Midlothian, S3 school pupils will also be offered a booster vaccination against Meningitis C and Septicaemia at the same time as the traditional teenage booster.
The immunisation finalises routine vaccinations for teens, protecting against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio (Td/IPV). These diseases all attack the nervous system and were responsible for many deaths in the UK before the immunisations were introduced.
Dr Lorna Willocks, immunisation co-ordinator, NHS Lothian said: “Immunisation is the safest and most effective way to prevent these serious diseases. We are now offering the Meningitis C vaccination at the same time as the teenage booster and we would encourage all young people take this opportunity to protect themselves.”
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