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I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. he suggested that i get a tetanus shot within the week. just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. i don't want to use the emergency room. thank you

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 33 years experience
You : You should have a tetanus shot within 72 hours ideally. However it is very unlikely that you will get tetanus from a soup can. It is a good idea to get it updated though, as this will last you from 5-10 years. Also the new tetanus shot also has the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and we are having a whooping cough outbreak in this country.
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