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A 22-year-old female asked:

Is tdap a tetanus shot? i got a tdap shot 5years ago,and previous boosters before that (i'm 22) i cut myself with a rusty nail 3days ago.am i covered?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Sterling
A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
You're Covered, Dude: Tdap 5yrs ago is fine and should last 10 unless you get a so-called tetanus-prone wound (crush injury, contaminated injury, puncture wound, etc), then at 5 years is the time to get the booster. A rusty nail isn't too much to worry about. It's what might be on that nail that could cause tetanus (spores from the soil) or infection (bacteria from soil or your shoe if it penetrated into your foot).
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urgent Care 20 years experience
Go to your MD: For heavily contaminated wounds, a booster may be given if 5 years have elapsed since your last booster. A puncture wound with a rusty nail counts for this type of injury. Tdap includes a vaccine for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/tetanus http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.html

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