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How Long Does A Tetanus Shot 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
Usually: Usually most discomfort resolves within 3 to 4 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
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
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With Tetanus: It is better not to delay if your shot is out of date.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
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
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
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
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!
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.
I cut myself on a staple from a booklet and cleaned it right away. I would like to know if I need a tetanus shot (last one 7 yrs ago).
Clean cut: If you have a clean cut - (not a dirty, rusty object) than every ten years is fine. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
My husband is 48 years old and had a tetanus shot 6 years ago, he got cut by a bottle last night, should he get another tetanus shot?
Not needed: He doesn't need one.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
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
2 or 3 days: 2 or 3 days.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Do yourself a favor and keep this up to date ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I got a tetanus shot about 8 years ago, but a booster shot last year. When should I get my next tetanus shot?
Tetanus Shot: Within the next 10 years or earlier with any serious injury. ...Read more
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 was bitten by a wild kitten this morning. I cannot remember when last I recived a tetanus shot. Can I go for one tomorrow or is it to late?
Tetanus: You can get a shout within 72 hours of bite. However, sooner the better. ...Read more
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
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
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. ...Read more
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