Immunisation is the best way of protecting against serious diseases. Once we have been immunised are bodies are better able to fight these diseases if we come into contact with them.

There are a few immunisations that you normally get when you are a teenager - these are usually done at school. For more information on each of the injections, and what to expect, visit Immunisation Scotland.

Around 12-13 years (girls only)

HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer – two injections, usually given 6 months apart

Around 13-18 years

3-in-1 (Td/IPV) teenage booster, given as a single jab and contains vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Around 13-15 years

Meningitis C booster.

If you are not sure if your immunisations are up-to-date, or if you previously did not want your injections and have changed your mind, then please contact you health centre and book an appointment.