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Got bit by a dog two days ago would a tetanus jab still be effective can go now if it is still worth doing ?

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Dr. Robert Wilson answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Yes: Tetanus boosters are given every 10 years, however if one has a puncture would like a bite it is a good idea to get one then.

Answered 3/15/2018

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Dr. Randy Baker answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

Depends on history: Tetanus from dog bites is VERY rare. In a series of 8697 tetanus cases from India none were due to animal bites. It takes so long for immunity to develop from tetanus vaccine that if you were exposed you'd die before it worked, so if you've never had past tetanus shots,tetanus anti-toxoid would help more. If previous shots,recent research shows they last 30 years! See https://tinyurl.com/y7wxdlkq

Answered 3/12/2018

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