A 22-year-old male asked:
got a cut on the finger from rusty iron, worried about tetanus. last dtap vaccination booster was 8 years ago. is there anything to worry about?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Rodney Pollary answered
46 years experience Pediatrics
Tetnus: Old and rusty is a set up for infection. Thoroughly cleaning the wound is the start. Cover it with an antibiotic ointment and band aid and see the doctor. For a dirty wound a tetanus vaccine is required if more than 5 years since the last one. Also oral antibiotic treatment to prevent other infections maybe required. Go see the doctor!!
Answered on Mar 31, 2016
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
I'd get one: In theory you might be protected but they recommend boosters at 5 yrs for those whose work expose them to this kind of injury. You are a little more likely to get a straightforward infection from regular germs, so attention to good cleanup and monitoring of the wound is also important.
Answered on Jul 6, 2016
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