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how much do i have to bleed to get a tetanus shot?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
10 years: If you haven't had one in the last 10 years - get one now regardless of amount of bleeding from injury.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein.As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus.Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might.A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection.
Answered on Mar 27, 2020

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