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How often should I get a tetanus shot if I am healthy?

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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How often should you get a tetanus shot?

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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How often should a person get a tetanus shot if he works outdoors, sort of a park ranger?

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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Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

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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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

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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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?

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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Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

No Free shots for 27: Sorry but there are no free shots any where in Nyc for a 24 years old We do not use single Tetanus vaccine any more it is either DT(ADULT)or tdap and you can get from any doctor's office or ER if you have a wound Most insurance cover the vaccine boosters ...Read more

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I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

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. ...Read more

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Should I still get a tetanus shot, if my skin was barely punctured from a rusted metal jagged edge?

Should I still get a tetanus shot, if my skin was barely punctured from a rusted metal jagged edge?

Tetanus booster: It depends on when your last tetanus booster was and how tetanus prone your wound is. Your primary care doctor should be able to give you more fine tuned guidance on whether or not you should get a booster. ...Read more

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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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