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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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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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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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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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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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Booster?: Depending on the circumstances of the cut and when you had your last tetanus booster. They should be given every 10 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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