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Like how long does a tetanus shot for 11 year old kids last?

Like how long does a tetanus shot for 11 year old kids last?

Depends: The best answer is it depends on lifestyle. For the average person at 11, the coverage should be effective for 10 years if the child completed the primary series earlier. If the kid likes to play football, walk in muddy streams, camps, hunts, works in the dirt a lot, i'd only count on 5 years before getting another booster. ...Read more

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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more


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If you get an anti tetanus shot how long does it last? I mean how long before you have to take another one?

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

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How long does one shot of tetanus toxoid last?

How long does one shot of tetanus toxoid last?

If > 10 yrs U need 1: Tetanus protection from the primary or booster series will begin to decline over time. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus booster, you should consider one at your convenience. If you are not protected a booster within 24hrs of a potential tetanus exposure will be necessary. Today we recommend the tdap which boosts your coverage against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria. ...Read more

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Had tetanus shot on Sunday. Now have pain everywhere and tight chest. Is this a serious reaction. How long will it last.

Call your doctor now: This isn't a normal response to be lasting 72 hours. Call your doctor, and go in for an ad on/ walk in appt. Now. If you have shortness of breadth with it, go to the ER instead. ...Read more

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Cut thumb with razor blade. Clean cut. Got 2 stitches. Thumb hurts bad. Very sore. How long will pain last. Bout inch cut. Got tetanus shot also.

Hard to say: The digits are supplied with a higher number of nerve endings per square inch than most of the body. After this kind of injury the nerve endings will let you know they are not happy by causing pain. It may pesist with pain and hypersensitivity for weeks if not longer. After the wound is visably healed in 5-6 weeks, the site may still have odd hypersensitity to touch. ...Read more

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Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?

Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?

Maybe: You should be protected from your past booster (10 yrs) unless the wound was contaminated or care delayed. Since you are at the end of the useful span of protection, a booster now or at your convenience might be a good idea. ...Read more

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I had a tetanus shot last Saturday and there is still a good size bump where the shot was. Is this normal after 5 days?? Thanks!

I had a tetanus shot last Saturday and there is still a good size bump where the shot was. Is this normal after 5 days?? Thanks!

Considered normal: Yes, it is quite common for there to be a residual knot after getting vaccinations. It will resolve over time (can take up to weeks to completely go away). You can help it along with gentle massage/rubbing, and warm compresses. ...Read more

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Does my son need a another tetanus shot if he stepped on a rusty nail he had a tetanus shot last 2 1/2 years ago my son is 6 years old and stepped on a rusty nail.

Does my son need a another tetanus shot if he stepped on a rusty nail he had a tetanus shot last 2 1/2 years ago my son is 6 years old and stepped on a rusty nail.

Tetanus good 5 years: He does not need another tetanus. The vaccine is good for 5 years and often is boosted between 6 and 10 years with large dirty wounds. ...Read more

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Scratched leg on slightly rusty bench. Didn't bleed but scratched/broke skin. Do I need a tetanus shot? Last vaccine was at 15yo. Rubbed alcohol on it

Scratched leg on slightly rusty bench. Didn't bleed but scratched/broke skin. Do I need a tetanus shot? Last vaccine was at 15yo. Rubbed alcohol on it

Maybe.......: Having had a tetanus shot 5 years ago, you should be protected. As the nail was rusty, this is considered aa tetanus-prone wound and you should discuss the possible need for a booster with your MD. ...Read more

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How long tetanus shot is good for?

5-10 yrs: The tetanus shot we are use to is generally considered effective for older kids & adults for no less that 5 years in most situations and 10 for some. Infants with immature immune systems start a 6-8wks & are boosted every 2mo for 3 doses then at 12-15 mo for primary protection. Those whose activities (play or work) involve repeated incidental wounds may benefit from a booster after 5 yrs. ...Read more

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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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How long do you think is a tetanus shot good for?

Depends: If the person has completed their primary tetanus series and boosters, the shot is good for 10 years. Some who work around gardening and other outdoor activities with high risk of tetanus exposure choose to get boosters after 5 years, but they are in the minority. ...Read more

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Tetanus shot how long after puncture can one wait?

Tetanus shot how long after puncture can one wait?

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

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Can you tell me how long it should hurt after a tetanus shot?

Can you tell me how long it should hurt after a tetanus shot?

FewMinutesTo2to3days: Most of the time Tetanus shot given as DT or Tdap as combination shot with Diptheria and Pertussis only causes pain or discomfort at the time of injection. But some times you can get a reaction to the shot with little swelling at the site of injection and hurt may last 2to3 days
In children it is always given as DPT and also given with 2or3 other shots and hurt may be due to multiple shots 2to3days ...Read more

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

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 have m tetanus shot in june 2006 I want to know how long it is good for I mean how many years its work?

I have m tetanus shot in june 2006 I want to know how long it is good for I mean how many years its work?

10 years: A tetanus shot should be renewed every ten years. However, in case of a major injury, a new one should be given if it has been more than 5 years since the last one. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How long does your body remember a tetanus shot?

Ten years: Ten years is the recommended time period for repeat immunization with tetanus toxoid. If, however, in the intervening time period you sustain a serious injury with the potential for introducing Clostridium tetani into your wounds, you should have repeat immunization if it has been five years since the last. Clinical tetanus remains a rare disease in the USA. ...Read more

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I had last tetanus shot exactly 4 years ago, should I still be covered?

! 0 yr with options: Most are considered covered for 10 years with simple cuts and or clean wounds.If you work around soil/landscape gardening, or have a hard to clean wound, a 5 yr interval would be considered more appropriate for the circumstance. ...Read more

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What to do if I don't recall when I took my last tetanus shot. Should I be concerned?

Yes: Standard risk people should have a tetanus shot every 10 years. High risk people should have a tetanus shot every five years. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It's time!: If you have an injury requiring a tetanus shot repeat if it has been over 5 years. Otherwise we repeat every 10 years.
Time for a booster! ...Read more

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How long is my arm going to hurt after getting a tetanus shot?

Few Minutes to2-3DAY: Most of the time there is only slight pain or discomfort lasting few minute. But some patients get a local reaction with swelling and pain and may last 2to3 days
Most adult patients in my experience do not complain of pain at all.Children will cry when the shot is given. Some children may get a reaction and will be fussy for couple of days and may have slight swelling as we give more than one shot ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail last night?

Should I get a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail last night?

Depends: If you have not received a booster within 10 years you should. If is more than 5 but less than 10, it wouldn't hurt & would improve your protection so you wouldn't need it again soon. De sure to clean the wound and monitor it for swelling, redness or discharge. There are other germs that can cause problems. ...Read more

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If I stepped on a rusty nail and I last got my tetanus shot 6-7 years ago will I get tetanus?

Possible: Only if enough of a sample of contamination. Anything is possible. However, it is cutomary that with minimaly dirty wounds that are cleaned well immediately every 8 years is enough. It is not the rust. It is contamination with a virus found in areas high in agriclture. ...Read more