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Wonder why booster shots leave a scar & r usually placed on the upper arm?

Wonder why booster shots leave a scar & r usually placed on the upper arm?

Placement: Shots are given in the upper arm because it is a convenient place where there is a big muscle in which to inject. Shots do not scar, but a vaccination can. The reason that the upper arm was chosen was not only because of the placement of the muscle but that it is a convenient site and could be a standard site when searching to see if a person has been vaccinated. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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What’s a tdep shot? Do I need a booster?

What’s a tdep shot? Do I need a booster?

TdaP: Tdap is the combined vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough. It is recommended that this vaccine be given to persons who are in immediate company of any newborn infant, e.g., father, mother or mother-to-be, grandparents, babysitters and nannies. ...Read more

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Why do people need a tetanus booster shot?

Why do people need a tetanus booster shot?

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

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Can you get tetanus 7 years after a booster shot?

Can you get tetanus 7 years after a booster shot?

UNLIKELY: Most are considered well covered by a booster within 10 years. Some recommend those working in high risk environments like landscaping and gardening consider boosters every 5 yr. ...Read more

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Any advice about botox "booster" shots. Do they work?

Any advice about botox "booster" shots. Do they work?

Yes: Sometimes it takes more than the typical 20-24 units of Botox to stop the muscles from moving. A little booster shot can help achieve that. A touch up treatment is usually down about 2 weeks after the initial treatment. ...Read more

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I would like advice about botox booster shots. can anyone help?

I would like advice about botox booster shots. can anyone help?

Botox booster shots: Hello You may not need these booster shots. It depends on your muscle activity, the actual amount of BoTox injected and your expectations. What you get may not be what you've received / expected before. There are few "deals" that are lasting results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many booster shots does a 13 year old have to have?

Can you tell me how many booster shots does a 13 year old have to have?

Depends: It depends entirely on what vaccines have already been administered. Typically a thirteen year old who has been up-to-date is not due for anything for a few years. That assumes that they received the Gardasil series, menactra, and Adacel in the previous two years. Mantoux, though not technically a vaccine, may be also be needed depending on the region of the country and subsequent risk factors. ...Read more

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Does a tetanus booster i had 10 yrs. Ago count as the first in a series of 3 shots?

Does a tetanus booster i had 10 yrs. Ago count as the first in a series of 3 shots?

Depends: If you never had a tetanus shot previously then it was the first. If you had the primary series in childhood, it is just a booster & due again every 10 years. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail 4 days ago and have not had a booster shot in 20 years. What should I do?

I stepped on a rusty nail 4 days ago and have not had a booster shot in 20 years. What should I do?

Go to urgent care: If you have not had it for 20 years, then you gotta have it. If you can get to your primary care physician tomorrow, do so. If not, go to an urgent care center (minor emergency). ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more