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A 31-year-old female asked:

Newborn was scratched/bit by dog. small looking red scratch no bleeding. baby too young for vaccine. can she get tetanus? urgent care doc said no

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Some basics: Tetanus is a secondary event after an infection from the germ starts & the germ begins to create tetanus toxin. If the wound is cleaned well & monitored chances of infection/tetanus are tiny. If a newborn's mother was properly immunized the newborn carries mothers immunity to tetanus for a few months. That is one reason the vaccines don't add protection when given so young.
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