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A 56-year-old male asked:

do we require antibiotic prophylaxis and tetanus vaccine each and every time we get an injury?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Depending on the injury and symptoms, antibiotics can be prescribed if needed but if a booster tetanus has been within 5 years, giving another tetanus is most likely not needed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hard to say: You do not provide enough basic information for an answer to be formulated. If you wish, start over and provide more info. The questions are not linked.
Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 41 years experience
Depends: A tetanus vaccine lasts for several years. Antibiotics may or not be needed, depending on the type and site of the injury.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you don't know when your last tetanus shot was - you would be given a new tetanus shot. If it has been more than 10 years since your last shot - then it is overdue.
Dec 20, 2013

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