A 34-year-old member asked:
how bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?
3 doctor answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores ( that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available.
Answered on Dec 19, 2017
Dr. Marina Armendariz answered
25 years experience Pediatrics
Dirty: The cut would need to be deep, ie penetrating. Dirty wounds necessitate tetanus booster. And of course the time of last vaccine is important. If greater than 5 years since last dose of tetanus.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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