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Can You Get Tetanus More Than Once
Can i get tetanus from a cut that only pieced the skin and only bled for 30 seconds ? The wound was caused by a rock in a forest.
Unlikely but possibl: In the scenario you say the cut pierced the skin and bled for 30 seconds.It is still possible for Tetanus germs to enter your body.You are only 15.Check with your Pediatrician when and if you received your last Tdap.It is given at age of 11 as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.I f not given at that age you need to get Tdap from your Pediatrician now.Tdap protects you against 3 diseases ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe,maybe not: Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores to enter and create an infection.Those germs produce the toxins that cause tetanus. A rusty nail is a classic exposure.If you had a booster within 10 years & cleaned up the wound after receiving it, you are likely immune.If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi. Cut myself with a knife a week ago. I don't think I have any tetanus symptoms but if had can I get a shot and be OK? Thanks
From skin injury: Tetanus is an infection that occurs through a break in the skin. It is caused by a bacteria that lives everywhere, especially in soil or on dirty and dusty surfaces. You can get it from any cut or scrape of the skin, if your tetanus vaccine status is not up to date. Get a tetanus shot every 5-10 years. ...Read more
Tetanus: While any open wound can be a source of tetanus, it is more common in wounds contaminated by dirt, feces, soil or saliva. It is also more like to occur as a result of puncture wounds, crush or avulsion injuries, burns, or necrotic/devitalized tissue. It is always wise to be current on vaccinations and if a person is behind who has an open wound, call your physician to get them updated. ...Read more
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein.As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus.Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might.A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection. ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: If you get a wound -- even a fairly trivial one -- that gets contaminated with tetanus, your muscles will go into cramps so severe that eventually you can't breathe and you'll either have to be a ventilator or you'll die. Before immunization, this was commonplace. Don't be a sucker. Do what you need to do. ...Read more
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