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Dr. Robert Patterson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How often should I get a tetanus shot if I am healthy?

Dr. Robert Patterson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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How often should I get a tetanus shot if I am healthy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How often should a normal healthy person get a tetanus shot?

Dr. Robin Larabee
Board Certified, Pediatrics
21 years in practice
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How often should a normal healthy person get a tetanus shot?

10 years: The recommendation is every ten years.

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Dan Fisher
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How often should you get a tetanus shot?

Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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How often should you 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. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How often should a person get a tetanus shot if he works outdoors, sort of a park ranger?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Doctors can you tell me how often should a person get a tetanus shot?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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10 yrs for adults: Adults normally get a tetanus shot every 10 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Marina Armendariz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Dr. Marina Armendariz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Dirty: The cut would need to be deep, ie penetrating. Dirty wounds necessitate tetanus booster. And of course the time of last vaccine is important. If greater than 5 years since last dose of tetanus. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is a week too late to get a tetanus shot?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is a week too late to get a tetanus shot?

You really want to: Get the shot as quickly after injury as possible. But, still go in to get it. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago.  No tetanus shot fir over 30 years.  Should I get tetanus shot now?

Yes,: Although the cat scratch is irrelevant to the answer to your question. If you have not had a tetanus shot for over 30 years you are well overdue. Please get your flu vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

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