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How often can i need a tetanus shot?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Every 10 yrs: The effect of a tetanus booster is good for most people for ten years. Those with immune problems or after bone marrow transplant the need differs and should be answered by their doc.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How often should you get a tetanus shot?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Booster every ten: After an initial series, boosters are given every ten years unless one has a dirty wound in which case the interval may be shortened. There is very little harm in getting an early dose. Tetanus vaccine is often combined with diphtheria and activated pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Dtap and tdap.
A 68-year-old member asked:

When is a tetanus shot needed?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Every 10 years: Tetanus shots are recommended every 10 years for people older than 6 who have had the primary series. If you get a puncture wound or a wound that is contaminated with dirt or fecal material see your doctor or go to the er. Depending on your tetanus vaccine history you may need a booster shot. If you haven't had a booster with pertussis vaccine, it's recommended for your next one. It's called tdap.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How to tell if i need a tetanus shot?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
If > 10 yrs U need 1: Tetanus protection from the primary or booster series will begin to decline over time. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus booster, you should consider one at your convenience. If you are not protected a booster within 24hrs of a potential tetanus exposure will be necessary.Today we recommend the tdap which boosts your coverage against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How often should I get a tetanus shot if I am healthy?

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Dr. Robert Patterson
Family Medicine 44 years experience
About ten years: Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at- http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/ great material there. Will answer all possible questions.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 57 years experience
Tetanus: If you are not aware of your tetanus vaccination, a blood test can determine your immunity not only against tetanus but also to other diseases prevented by vaccines.

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