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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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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 soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

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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Should i get a tetanus shot after a car accident?

Should i get a tetanus shot after a car accident?

Maybe: If you had the skin broken in any area and either have not had a tetanus in several years or are unsure when you last had it then yes you should have the shot. ...Read more

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Where can I get a tetanus shot with no thimerosal?

Where can I get a tetanus shot with no thimerosal?

No thimerosal : There is no thimerosal in current vaccines in the us. A booster should be available at any vaccine provider. At your age a combination vaccine, the tdap is recommended & will boost your protection from tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (preventing you from giving it to babies). ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot if I just suffered a puncture wound?

Should I get a tetanus shot if I just suffered a puncture wound?

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. ...Read more

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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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What to do if i got a cut tripping with some metal wires on the ground, should I get a tetanus shot?

What to do if i got a cut tripping with some metal wires on the ground, should I get 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, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty wire is a classic source because it was on the ground.If > 10 yrs since youe last booster, get the shot. ...Read more

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I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. He suggested that i get a tetanus shot within the week. Just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. I don't want to use the emergency room. Thank you

You : You should have a tetanus shot within 72 hours ideally. However it is very unlikely that you will get tetanus from a soup can. It is a good idea to get it updated though, as this will last you from 5-10 years. Also the new tetanus shot also has the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and we are having a whooping cough outbreak in this country. ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail last night?

Yes!: 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. By the way..Clean that wound out thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and water. Some folks prefer to use alcohol (it burns!), peroxide, or other "cleansing compounds" ( like povidone-iodine). ...Read more

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I almost sliced a little piece of my finger off should I get a tetanus shot?

I almost sliced a little piece of my finger off should I get a tetanus shot?

Tetanus toxoid: Probably unnecessary if you have kept up your immunization schedules and have had tetanus toxoid in the prior 10 years. If you have not, go and get a booster and then keep it up in every 10 years. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get a tetanus shot with no thimerosal (mercury) in it?

TdaP vaccine: The tdap vaccine is one of the many vaccines given to older kids or adults as a booster for the 3 germs , whooping cough, Diphtheria and Tetanus has no thimerosal. The individual tetanus vaccine in this country has trace amounts. ...Read more

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I cut myself with a staple that was on a package sent from China. It's small, kinda deep cut. Should I get a tetanus shot? (Idk when I last had one)

I cut myself with a staple that was on a package sent from China. It's small, kinda deep cut. Should I get a tetanus shot? (Idk when I last had one)

Yes: if it has been more than 5 years since your last shot or if you cant remember, you should get a new shot, sooner rather than later. If you know the doctor you went to the last time you had your tetinus shot, they probably have records and can tell you when you had your last shot. Also look out for signs of infection, like increaseing warmth or draining puss, increasing pain, etc ...Read more

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Should i get a tetanus shot? I've been getting small cuts/ scratches from metal lately i checked and i don't think there was rust. I am a hypochondriac

Should i get a tetanus shot? I've been getting small cuts/ scratches from metal lately i checked and i don't think there was rust. I am a hypochondriac

Tetanus shot: Tetanus shots need to be repeated (booster shot) about every 10 years. If you haven't had one in that length of time or don't remember when you last had one, then yes do get one. ...Read more

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Cut foot on bush should I get a tetanus shot?

Cut foot on bush should I get a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: Usually tetanus is not caused by plant matter, but you should check with your doctor anyway to be sure you are up to date- many adults lose track of when their last tetanus shot was. Se this as a motivator to find out if you are due. ...Read more

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I scratched my finger on a nail that is very dirty.. Should I get a tetanus shot?

Yes: If you havent had in less than 5 years, definitely should. Tetanus is horrific and preventable. ...Read more

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I was in the mountains yesterday and I got cut on my lower leg by rusty barbed wire. It's just a red scratch. Should I get a tetanus shot? I'm 21.

Better safe than: sorry. If it more than 5 years since your last tetanus booster it will be the prudent thing to do. Hopefully a shallow scratch should not pose a high risk for infection especially if the scratch was irrigated thoroughly. Take care and be safe. www.healthtap.com/dr-nnebe. ...Read more

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A goat came after me. I was wearing jeans and it hit me on the leg with its horn. It didn't puncture my jeans or the skin. Should i get a tetanus shot?

A goat came after me. I was wearing jeans and it hit me on the leg with its horn. It didn't puncture my jeans or the skin. Should i get a tetanus shot?

Yes if time: You should get a tetanus shot if it is 10 years or greater since your last immunization for tetanus. If your skin was broken and you are due for tetanus then you should get one in the next several days. ...Read more

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I stepped on the plug to my hair straightener yesterday and it punctured my skin. Should i get a tetanus shot? I have been doing a good job or keeping it clean.

If : If you have not had a tetanus shot in the past ten years then it is a good idea to get one. Also monitor the area for signs of infection (pain, redness, pus) and also fever. If any of these things are present seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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When to get a tetanus shot in general?

7-10 years: As an adult every 7-10 years.If you have not yet had a pertussis booster, get it now. ...Read more