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How soon after injury should I receive a tetanus shot?

How soon after injury should I receive a tetanus shot?

Depends: The recommendations vary depending on past vaccine history and wound. If the vaccine series was completed within the past 5 years and the wound minor & cleaned quickly, none needed. After 5-10yr, not unless wound is complex or dirty.At>10yr yes for all wounds within 24hrs.If never vaccinated or initial series not complete, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

Better late: than never if your vaccines are not up to date. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have it checked for a secondary infection at the same time. ...Read more

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When is it too late to get a tetanus shot from the day of the injury?

When is it too late to get a tetanus shot from the day of the injury?

Never to late: The incubation period prior to the onset of tetanus symptoms can take several days to several months, depending on the location of the inoculation. ...Read more

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Why does tetanus shot after injury work if it takes two weeks to build greater immunity?

Why does tetanus shot after injury work if it takes two weeks to build greater immunity?

Active immunity: Because tetanus, as with most other vaccinations, are based on your body's immune system producing antibodies, and that takes time. ...Read more

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If immunity takes two weeks to build after tetanus shot but tetanus incubation is as little as 3 to 8 days, then why does shot after injury work?

If immunity takes two weeks to build after tetanus shot but tetanus incubation is as little as 3 to 8 days, then why does shot after injury work?

I suppose: You have already immunity from at least three shots of DPT vaccinations. After an injury a new shot of tetanus will just boost your immunity...It is also called a booster shot! ...Read more

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It's been more than 10 years since my last tetanus shot. Shall i take it as a precaution? Or wait for when i need it (e.G. In case of injury?)

It's been more than 10 years since my last tetanus shot. Shall i take it as a precaution? Or wait for when i need it (e.G. In case of injury?)

You may not notice : Tetanus spores are everywhere in the environment & need only a break in the skin to set up and begin the low grade infection that creates tetanus toxin.Waiting until you have in injury that you believe may be a problem may be too late.At 38, the best booster for you covers tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis, which helps protect you & prevents you from giving whooping cough to a vulnerable young infant. ...Read more

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When should I renew my tetanus shot?

Every ten years.: If you don't know how long it has been since your last tetanus shot - it is best to just get another shot. ...Read more

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How often can I need a tetanus shot?

How often can I need a tetanus shot?

Every 10 yrs: The effect of a tetanus booster is good for most people for ten years. Those with immune problems or after bone marrow transplant the need differs and should be answered by their doc. ...Read more

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How to tell if i need a tetanus shot?

If > 10 yrs U need 1: Tetanus protection from the primary or booster series will begin to decline over time. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus booster, you should consider one at your convenience. If you are not protected a booster within 24hrs of a potential tetanus exposure will be necessary.Today we recommend the tdap which boosts your coverage against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: If you are not aware of your tetanus vaccination, a blood test can determine your immunity not only against tetanus but also to other diseases prevented by vaccines. ...Read more

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Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

No Free shots for 27: Sorry but there are no free shots any where in Nyc for a 24 years old We do not use single Tetanus vaccine any more it is either DT(ADULT)or tdap and you can get from any doctor's office or ER if you have a wound Most insurance cover the vaccine boosters ...Read more

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Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

Health Department: There should be a health department that will provide the vaccine. ...Read more

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Will i need a tetanus shot again after 5 months?

Will i need a tetanus shot again after 5 months?

Confusing question: Adults who completed the primary tetanus series at anytime in the past (infancy, childhood, teens or adults) would only need a tetanus shot every 10 years. Some who engage in gardening or landscape work may get boosters at 5 yr point. If you never had a previous series then it would be wise to do so. ...Read more

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Am i covered if i had a tetanus shot 3 years ago?

For a decade : A tetanus booster will protect you for around 10 yesrs from the date it is given. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I got a tetanus shot?

Can you tell me how to know if I got a tetanus shot?

Vaccine records: should be available through your physician's office, local health department, or from a school you most recently attended. Blood tests are also available to evaluate your immunity to the components, and may be of value if you are unable to secure documentation. ...Read more

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How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more

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How often should I get a tetanus shot if I am healthy?

About ten years: Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at- http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/ great material there. Will answer all possible questions. ...Read more

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How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry.If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours.If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more

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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more