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How long can you wait to get a tetanus shot?

How long can you wait to get a tetanus shot?

Scedule:: 2m , 4m, 6m, 18m, 4 years, 11years and then every 10 years.If you got dirty wound, do shot asap! don't weit. ...Read more

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What is the maximum amount of time I should wait to get a tetanus shot after cutting foot?

What is the maximum amount of time I should wait to get a tetanus shot after cutting foot?

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

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How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

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

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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

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I stepped on a nail, and my last tetanus shot was 18 yrs. Ago. Can I wait until tomorrow to go get another?

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

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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

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

As soon as you can: If you have not had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years, you should go to your doctor and get a booster shot. Nowadays, we give tdap, which also will protect you against whooping cough, which is common in certain parts of the country. ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

Maybe.: With a low-risk injury (clean and shallow) you need a booster if you haven't had one in 10 years; with a high risk (deep and dirty) it's 5 years. ...Read more

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