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Protection wears off: The protection provided by a tetanus shot usually provides ample levels of circulating antibody protection for up to ten years. After that point it fades & the person may develop tetanus if exposed. Protection from tetanus & several other bacteria based vaccines does not last as long as most viral vaccines & must be boosted periodically to maintain protection. ...Read more
Prior serious rxn: Those with a prior serious reaction to toxoid should avoid it. Those at significant risk of tetanus could pursue an evaluation with an allergist to identify which component of the vaccine that caused the rxn and go thru specific desensitization procedures. This could allow someone to continue updating the vaccine. Also, drs can check the blood and verify you still have protective antibodies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!
No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more
Certain Travelers : Some countries have high incidence of rabid dogs and/or bats. Travelers who spend much time in rural areas or in activities such as running, bicycling, camping or hiking should receive the rabies vaccine. Bicyclists and runners stimulate an animal's chase reflex and bites often occur.Children are at very high risk and are often bitten and we will consider vaccine for them in certain travel too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost never: Small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/other.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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