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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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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?
Yes: The cdc recommends a tetanus shot booster every ten years or for certain exposures. Symptoms develop about 3-8 days after exposure to the bacteria. Good luck, i hope this helps. If so, please vote for me. Heres a link for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/tetanus/. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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