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Tetanus-if it is a small cut, should we take injection?

Tetanus-if it is a small cut, should we take injection?

If has been 10 or: More years since you last had it or you don't know - then you are overdue. Why take unnecessary chances? Take care. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if i don't get my tetanus injection?

Please explain what happens if i don't get my tetanus injection?

Forgive my frankness: If you get a wound -- even a fairly trivial one -- that gets contaminated with tetanus, your muscles will go into cramps so severe that eventually you can't breathe and you'll either have to be a ventilator or you'll die. Before immunization, this was commonplace. Don't be a sucker. Do what you need to do. ...Read more

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Yesterday I got a cut due to a blade. I got my last tetanus injection in 2011. What to do? It isn't a deep cut. Is tetanus injection imp.?

Your tetanus: Is good. Did you clean the wound with soap and water really well? That is important. If not do it now. Otherwise you will be fine ...Read more

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Would tetanus injection cause fever?

Would tetanus injection cause fever?

Yes.: For Adacel (the adult tetanus and whooping cough booster), fever incidence is 1-5%. Interestingly, there is some evidence that taking tylenol (acetaminophen) before a vaccine in hopes of preventing a fever can actually decrease the immune response to the vaccine - which isn't a good thing. So the fever could signify you're having a good immune response... But that's not conclusive. ...Read more

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Will i need a tetanus injection for glass cut?

Will i need a tetanus injection for glass cut?

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 nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it. Even if low risk it serves as a reminder to update your protection.If > 10 yrs get the shot. ...Read more

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Should i get a tetanus injection after suffering a puncture wound?

Should i get a tetanus injection after suffering a puncture wound?

Depends on situation: If you have not had a booster within the last 10 yrs, you should consider one after any wound that might allow tetanus spores ( that are in the dust or dirt) a chance to get under your skin.Wounds involving garden tools, dirt, & dirty environments are the most worrisome. A simple jab in your skin from a pin or staple is not so worrisome. ...Read more

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Had overdose of tetanus toxide (TT)injection twice in 2 days. May I know if there are any side effects of it? What are the side effects.

Had overdose of tetanus toxide (TT)injection twice in 2 days. May I know if there are any side effects of it? What are the side effects.

Local reaction: There is no toxicity from taking two tetanus toxiod injections. There may be some local soreness.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I had a tetanus shot yesterday afternoon and am still having pain at injection site?

Normal: If there is a lot of swelling, redness spreading from the site, or pus draining, see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Do I have to take tetanus injection. Morning safety pin pierced into my heels. When or even do I have to take an injection.

Do I have to take tetanus injection. Morning safety pin pierced into my heels. When or even do I have to take an injection.

When was last shot?: If your tetanus immunizations are up to date you probably do not need another, but it is so harmless that why not go ahead. Tetanus very unlikely these circumstances. Good luck and stay well. ...Read more

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Had a small cut on 7.1.17 got tetanus injection after 72 hr. I also had tetanus injection on May 2016. Is tetanus infection possible? Worried.

Had a small cut on 7.1.17 got tetanus injection after 72 hr. I also had tetanus injection on May 2016. Is tetanus infection possible? Worried.

Tetanus: 16 M from india. Notes: Had a small cut on 7.1.17 got tetanus injection after 72 hr. I also had tetanus injection on May 2016. Is tetanus infection possible? Worried. ANS: you do not get tetanus from shot. unless needle was dirty. Very unlikely. If still worried discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a dog on Saturday evening. It was a minor wound but I am concerned about Tetanus. How much time do I have to get an injection? I think I had a tetanus injection last in 2008.

I was bitten by a dog on Saturday evening. It was a minor wound but I am concerned about Tetanus. How much time do I have to get an injection? I think I had a tetanus injection last in 2008.

You are covered: If you have been vaccinated within the past 10 years you should still have immunity from your prior vaccination. It is a good idea to get a booster this year if it has in fact been 10 years since your last booster. ...Read more

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How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning

Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch it closed. If it's a thorn injury, I probably would not stitch it, although obviously it needs to be seen first. If you are more than 10 years over due for tetanus, you should be boosted (re-immunized). If it was really a dirty wound, I would say 5 yr ...Read more

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A metal hairclip accident cut his mouth; he’s had his tetanus injections at four and six months he is now three years old does he need another tetanus shot or something ?

A metal hairclip accident cut his mouth; he’s had his tetanus injections at four and six months he is now three years old does he need another tetanus shot or something ?

4 shots by age 3 yr: Tetanus shots are part of a combination vaccine (there are several combinations available). A basic combination is DTaP, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. A child gets this type of vaccine at ages 2, 4, 6 months; plus a fourth shot around age 15-18 months. If he missed his fourth shot, he may get it now. The next tetanus vaccine afterwards would be after he turns 4 years. ...Read more

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Why would I have spreading redness and swelling around injection site after tetanus shot?

Why would I have spreading redness and swelling around injection site after tetanus shot?

Local reaction: You seem to have a local reaction which is not too uncommon. It's an inflammation at the injection site. Using a heat pad can help. ...Read more

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I got a deep cut on my thumb by a knife. I had my tetanus injection a year ago , do i need another injection now or not???

I got a deep cut on my thumb by a knife. I had my tetanus injection a year ago , do i need another injection now or not???

No... but...: If you had a tetanus booster just a year ago, you would not require another at this time; however, it is important that if you have a deep cut that you make sure you are caring for it correctly. Does it require stitches? Is it at high risk on infection? Might be a great idea to have it evaluated by a local physician. Be sure to keep it clean and watch for any signs that it needs medical attention. ...Read more

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Tetanus injection at deltoid had aspirate and did not see blood then push after withdrawing the needle saw little blood at the hub problem?

Tetanus injection at  deltoid had aspirate and did not see blood then push after withdrawing the needle saw little blood at the hub problem?

No: It sounds like the injection was a success. A little blood often results from inadvertently traumatizing those tiny blood vessels called capillaries. No worries. ...Read more

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Can tetanus injection cause uti/frequent urination?

Can tetanus injection cause uti/frequent urination?

No, it cannot.: A tetanus vaccine definitely would not cause a UTI or frequent urination. Please see my other answer about urinary symptoms. ...Read more

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Yesterday someone scratched me with his nails ,do I need a tetanus toxoid , I got one injection of it last year?

Yesterday someone scratched me with his nails ,do I need a tetanus toxoid , I got one injection of it last year?

Your protected: The shot last year will cover you for 9 more years. If you do a lot of gardening or landscape work some suggest a booster every 5 years, but that's an exception ...Read more

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A rusted iron blade scratched my hand. The cut is small but it bled a bit. Im just concerned wether I should get tetanus injection?

A rusted iron blade scratched my hand. The cut is small but it bled a bit. Im just concerned wether I should get tetanus injection?

Yes: Tetanus shot should be given evry10 years.In case of wound it depend clean wound or dirty. In your case i would recommend to do it right away! ...Read more

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I had a bike accident last night.And my left leg finger cuted deeply and bleeds for about 10 min.Did i need tetanus or other injection.

I had a bike accident last night.And my left leg finger cuted deeply and bleeds for about 10 min.Did i need tetanus or other injection.

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 nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it.It serves as a reminder to update your protection.If > 10 yrs get the shot. ...Read more