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How to tell if i need a tetanus shot?

How to tell if i need a tetanus shot?

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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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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How often can I need a tetanus shot?

How often can I need a tetanus shot?

Every 10 yrs: The effect of a tetanus booster is good for most people for ten years. Those with immune problems or after bone marrow transplant the need differs and should be answered by their doc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: If you are not aware of your tetanus vaccination, a blood test can determine your immunity not only against tetanus but also to other diseases prevented by vaccines. ...Read more

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Will i need a tetanus shot again after 5 months?

Will i need a tetanus shot again after 5 months?

Confusing question: Adults who completed the primary tetanus series at anytime in the past (infancy, childhood, teens or adults) would only need a tetanus shot every 10 years. Some who engage in gardening or landscape work may get boosters at 5 yr point. If you never had a previous series then it would be wise to do so. ...Read more

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I stepped on an earring on the pool deck. Do I need a tetanus shot?

I stepped on an earring on the pool deck. Do I need a tetanus shot?

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. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around us but predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it.If you've had a booster within 10 yrs you don't need one. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had a very tiny prick on rusted metal, do I need a tetanus shot?

What do you suggest if i had a very tiny prick on rusted metal, do I need a tetanus shot?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around us but predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it.If you've had a booster within 10 yrs you don't need one. ...Read more

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If I gave myself a little scratch on a rusted rack at work, do I need a tetanus shot? It's not deep at all just a surface scratch

If I gave myself a little scratch on a rusted rack at work, do I need a tetanus shot?  It's not deep at all just a surface scratch

Scratch: rusty nail: Everyone should keep their tetanus vaccination up to date, because you just never know when you might get scratched by something. If you work around rusty things, it is especially important for you. Yes, call your doctor today to see if your tetanus booster is up to date, and if it isn't, you'll need to get one. Wash out the cut thoroughly with soap and water. ...Read more

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How would I know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?

Depends: For those who completed the primary tetanus series & have had a booster within 10 years, cleaning of a simple fresh wound & proper closure would be ok. If a dirty wound, soil or rocks etc . > 5y from last booster would leave you at some risk. If the primary series was never complete or you are past the protected zone, a booster and infiltration of the wound with antitoxin might be needed. ...Read more

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I got injured like 2 months ago. And my wound is pretty deep and won't heal. Would I need a tetanus shot?

I got injured like 2 months ago. And my wound is pretty deep and won't heal. Would I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus is not issue: A wound present for two months needs medical evaluation. Tetanus is only an issue from a contaminated source but it would have shown up by two months, so although you have a problem here with a non-healing wound, it is not due to tetanus. ...Read more

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