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How Often Are You Supposed To Get A Tetanus Shot
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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".
10 years: The recommendation is every ten years.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
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.
Absolute necessity: Mean emergency! Example: you stepped on rusty nail and last tetanus shot done more then 5 years ago.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
I'd repeat every 5y: Effective protection depends on lifestyle. For the average person the coverage should be effective for 10 years if the primary series was completed earlier. If one walks in muddy streams, camps, hunts, works in the dirt a lot, i'd only count on 5 years before getting another booster.
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein. As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus. Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might. A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Call your doctor and see if you are up to date on tetanus. If so, shot not needed. If not up to date then you should get the shot.
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