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How Long Can You Wait To Get A Tetanus Shot
How long can I wait to get a tetanus shot after stepping on a nail? The nail wasn't.Clean but wasn't rusted. Foot washed. Dep cut
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With Tetanus: It is better not to delay if your shot is out of date. ...Read more
Don't: There is no reason to wait between these vaccines. They can be given the same day and give protection as well as if separated. ...Read more
Ideally,: You want to get the booster immediately. If indeed infected withe the tetani bacteria one can be symptomatic in as early as 1-2 days. So if you get a bad cut and wait a week that's not a good idea. That likely means you lucked out and were not infected with the particular bacteria. ...Read more
Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry. If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours. If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more
Nope: Go ahead and get one, it is not too late ...Read more
I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. He suggested that I get a tetanus shot within the week. Just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. I don't want to use the emergency room. Thank you
You: You should have a tetanus shot within 72 hours ideally. However it is very unlikely that you will get tetanus from a soup can. It is a good idea to get it updated though, as this will last you from 5-10 years. Also the new tetanus shot also has the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and we are having a whooping cough outbreak in this country. ...Read more
How long do you have before you step on a nail or something to get a tetanus shot, what if you can't get one for a few hours after the incident?
Varies: We encourage the injection within 24-48 hours. Good wound cleaning as soon as possible after the injury helps prevent a wound infection by any germ with or without tetanus spores that may be there. If you've had the primary series and your last booster was within 10 years, the shot is optional but a good decision because you can boost your protection for another decade. ...Read more
If I cut my finger on a can, can I wait 24 hours to go get a tetanus shot? My last one was 10yrs one month ago.
If the can: Was clean (not rusty or filthy) you can likely wait 24 hours. ...Read more
Not long.: Tetanus vaccines prevent "lockjaw", a disease of horrible muscle spasms that is generally fatal. If you have already been properly vaccinated within the last 10 years, then you are probably protected unless the puncture wound is profoundly contaminated--prompting a need for a booster vaccine in 5 years. The symptoms of tetanus can occur as quickly as 3 days, although the average is 8 days. ...Read more
If you get an anti tetanus shot how long does it last? I mean how long before you have to take another one?
Tetanus Shot: A series of shots are given during childhood, but thereafter a booster shot is needed every 10 years, but as a practical matter, when I see people in the urgent care center with wounds or punctures, I recommend a booster if they cannot remember when they last had a booster. Better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more
Husband got puncture wounds from new barb wire. Does he need a tetanus shot? He hasn't had one in over 10 yrs. If so, how long can he wait?
If I recently got a tetanus shot how long should I wait to have an ANA test done because I got a tatanustoday anscheduled for an ANA test fri?
Small cut from metal table in kitchen. Disinfected. I have dr appt. In 48 hrs. Am I ok to wait until then to get tetanus shot? Last one was 12 yrs ago
Yes: With a clean wound it is ok bur be sure to check with your physician Monday. ...Read more
I stepped on a nail, and my last tetanus shot was 18 yrs. Ago. Can I wait until tomorrow to go get another?
Yes: Clean out the wound the best you can and watch it well as infection can also be a problem. We like to get the tetanus booster on board soon but under 3 days you should be well covered. ...Read more
Does deep cut require tetanus shot? What's the time limit under which I should get the shot? A long sewing machine needle passed through the finger fully
No shot needed.: If it's a non-rusty sewing needle, it's unlikely you will need tetanus shot. This shot lasts 5-10 years. If you haven't had the shot over 6 years. It;s best to get another one. This will protect you for future deep wound or cut injuries that may put you at risk for tetanus. ...Read more
How long can I wait before getting a tetanus shot after stepping on a nail? It wasn't clean, but was not rusty. My foot has been washed out. Deep cut
Booster every ten: After an initial series, boosters are given every ten years unless one has a dirty wound in which case the interval may be shortened. There is very little harm in getting an early dose. Tetanus vaccine is often combined with diphtheria and activated pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Dtap and tdap. ...Read more
As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more
About ten years:
Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at-
http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/
great material there. Will answer all possible questions. ...Read more
A dirty wound: A penetrating dirty wound such as a nail going into the foot. If you had your original tetanus shots all you would need is what is called a "wound booster". ...Read more
10 years: The recommendation is every ten years.Get a more detailed answer ›
Better late: Than never if your vaccines are not up to date. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have it checked for a secondary infection at the same time. ...Read more
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