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Had tetanus shot on Sunday. Now have pain everywhere and tight chest. Is this a serious reaction. How long will it last.

Had tetanus shot on Sunday.  Now have pain everywhere and tight chest.  Is this a serious reaction.  How long will it last.

Call your doctor now: This isn't a normal response to be lasting 72 hours. Call your doctor, and go in for an ad on/ walk in appt. now. If you have shortness of breadth with it, go to the ER instead. ...Read more

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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more


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I just received a booster tetanus shot yesterday morning. Tonight, I am running a 101 degree fever. Is that a normal reaction?

I just received a booster tetanus shot yesterday morning. Tonight, I am running a 101 degree fever. Is that a normal reaction?

Most likely yes: probably from shot. But look for other causes like for sore throat cough flu like symptoms urinary symptoms that may signify another infection. If fever last more than 24 hours check with your PCP ...Read more

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As infant, my son had reaction to dpt, so was given only dt. Now 28, he is told he can't have tetanus shot bcause it will contain pertussis. True?

As infant, my son had reaction to dpt, so was given only dt.  Now 28, he is told he can't have tetanus shot bcause it will contain pertussis.  True?

Possibly.: This depends on what his reaction to the DPT was.If it was a mild reaction,further DPT's may not have been given. Recommendations have changed,though,so if it was a mild reaction,a Tdap may be safe for him now.Also, the pertussis portion of the Tdap is different from the pertussis portion of the DPT given to him as an infant.He may want to consider getting an infectious disease specialist consult. ...Read more

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Husband's last tetanus shot-about 15 yrs ago-left a red raised round lump size of half an apple. Was this an allergic reaction? Doc didn't seem to kno

Husband's last tetanus shot-about 15 yrs ago-left a red raised round lump size of half an apple. Was this an allergic reaction? Doc didn't seem to kno

May be allergy: It would be wise to see an allergist before considering another booster.Some people can develop a significant reaction to the tetanus toxoid used in the shot, or other components of the vaccine. ...Read more

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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Booster?: Depending on the circumstances of the cut and when you had your last tetanus booster. They should be given every 10 years. ...Read more

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What are ways to keep a tetanus shot from hurting so bad?

What are ways to keep a tetanus shot from hurting so bad?

Tetanus vaccination: Prior to receiving your vaccination you can take Acetaminophen or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. I personally place tiny acupuncture needles in the area surrounding vaccinations to prevent pain from occurring. ...Read more

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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago.  No tetanus shot fir over 30 years.  Should I get tetanus shot now?

Yes,: Although the cat scratch is irrelevant to the answer to your question. If you have not had a tetanus shot for over 30 years you are well overdue. Please get your flu vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

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How badly do I have to bleed from a wound to need another tetanus shot?

How badly do I have to bleed from a wound to need another tetanus shot?

Tetanus EVERY 5-10yr: If a wound is dirty (contaminated with dirt/wood/metal etc.) and your last tetanus shot was >5 years ago then you may need a tetanus shot. With whooping cough epidemics all over the country it is best to get a tdap shot (tetanus+whooping cough) anyway. Generally, you need a tetanus shot every 10 years no matter the situation. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to weight lift after tetanus shot?

You decide: If you have a good routine and want to continue, a simple workout will not interfere with the eventual benefit of a vaccine. The workout may help reduce the soreness associated in the affected muscle group. ...Read more

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