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Don't Know Date Of Last Tetanus Shot
I forgot the exact date of my last tetanus shot! I need it for work. Is it ok to just get another shot?
Yes: We physicians can't remember when we got our boosters either. Just get immunized if you need it.See 1 more doctor answer
I recieved a small puncture wound while holding my cat last friday. I don't know. When my last tetanus shot was. What should I do?
Yes: Do yourself a favor and keep this up to dateSee 1 more doctor answer
I stepped on a sharp metal last night and it's been almost 9 years since my last tetanus shot? Safest to get another shot?
Minor cut from tin can. Last tetanus shot just over 10 yrs ago. How long can I wait before I get another shot?
With Tetanus: It is better not to delay if your shot is out of date.
Do I need to get a tetanus shot if I stepped on a staple even though It hasn't been 10 years since my last tetanus shot?
No: If it's been less than 10 years, you should be ok.
I stepped on a sharp piece of metal outside. My last tetanus shot was about 3 years ago. Do I need to go for a tetanus booster shot?
No need for booster: If you got all your tetanus vaccines as a child and a booster 3 years ago then you don't need one now. Tetanus booster shots are good for at least 5 years.
It's been more than 10 years since my last tetanus shot. Shall I take it as a precaution? Or wait for when I need it (e.G. In case of injury?)
You may not notice: Tetanus spores are everywhere in the environment & need only a break in the skin to set up and begin the low grade infection that creates tetanus toxin. Waiting until you have in injury that you believe may be a problem may be too late. At 38, the best booster for you covers tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis, which helps protect you & prevents you from giving whooping cough to a vulnerable young infant.See 1 more doctor answer
Cut while shaving, razor seems clean, last tetanus shot was 12 years ago. I'm abroad and can only get a shot in 5 weeks. Is it urgent? Will I be ok?
You should be fine: Tetanus immunization doesn't just "end" at 10 years, it is a suggested interval and you have some immunity. This was the definition of a clean injury. Not to worry. You can just get a booster for the NEXT one which might not be so clean.
Is it too late if I have a tetanus shot 72 hours or + after I got a minor cut from a rusty paperclip in a toilet tank? My last tetanus shot: 5 yrs ago.
It has been 6.5 years since my last tetanus shot and I just cut myslef with the serrated edge of some cling wrap - it isn't very deep, but it bled. Am I at risk?
TdaP: You are okay with a "clean" (non-rusty, indoor cut) on tetanus shot for 10 years, but if you are around any babies you may want to update you tetanus to include pertussis, or whooping cough, with tdap now available for teens and adults so not to catch or transmit whooping cough to others.See 2 more doctor answers
I stepped on a rusty nail last tetanus shot was 3-4 years ago should I worry. Should I be worried?
Am I still able to get tetanus if I got a small cut by a clean looking nail outside and my last tetanus shot was 4-5 years ago?
Highly unlikely: Fortunately tetanus is a very rare disease and esp. Rare in those who have been vaccinated. If you were vaccinated within the past 10 years there is no need to get a booster. I would like to say there is no chance of you getting tetanus but can't- there are very rare cases in those who have been vaccinated, but they tend to be less serious. See http://www. Vaclib. Org/basic/health/boostershots. Htm.