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my outdoor cat scratched my chest and i haven't had a tetanus shot since 99. do i need one for a cat scratch?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Cat scratch: As long as you were scratch by an outdoor cat you should get a tetanus shot. You are due for one since tetanus shots are good for ten years.
Answered on Jan 1, 2015
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