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Is tetanus genetic?

Is tetanus genetic?

No: Susceptability to tetanus is more or less universal. The spores(egg) of the germ begins to grow in a wound and produce a toxin that circulates in the blood. Where the toxin goes it begins to interfere with the nervous system. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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What causes a reaction to the tetanus vaccine?

Pobably the stress: Even a needle can distress some people. If there is an unknown risk factor (e.g. Minor genetic) it could be the "last straw on the camel's back". Overall good health is the greatest protection. ...Read more

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Can I transfer tetanus to my loved one?

No: Tenants is not transmitted from person to person. It is usually transmitted from soil contaminated nails or sharp objects. ...Read more

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Can i get tetanus from a cut that only pieced the skin and only bled for 30 seconds ? The wound was caused by a rock in a forest.

Can i get tetanus from a cut that only pieced the skin and only bled for 30 seconds ? The wound was caused by a rock in a forest.

Unlikely but possibl: In the scenario you say the cut pierced the skin and bled for 30 seconds.It is still possible for Tetanus germs to enter your body.You are only 15.Check with your Pediatrician when and if you received your last Tdap.It is given at age of 11 as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.I f not given at that age you need to get Tdap from your Pediatrician now.Tdap protects you against 3 diseases ...Read more

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How often are you supposed to get shots for tetanus?

Varies by age: Current cdc (center for disease control & prevention) recommendation for tetanus vaccination is as follow: initial series at 2, 4, and 6 months of age; booster vaccinations at age 4-5 years, 11 years, and every 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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Got a tetanus 3 years back cut now do I need another one?

Got a tetanus 3 years back cut now do I need another one?

No: That booster should protect you for 10 yrs.Some folks that work in landscape gardening as pros or a hobby get boosters at 5yrs since they have a heavy exposure, but that is their cautious option, not a firm recommendation. ...Read more

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What causes tetanus?

What causes tetanus?

Germs produce toxin: Tetanus is produced by germs that exist as spores (eggs) in the dirt worldwide. The contamination of any open wound by these spores allows them to germinate and multiply. They produce a toxic chemicle that circulates locally or throughout the body to produce the symptoms of tetanus.If vaccinated, your body is protected from this chemical. ...Read more

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How does tetanus spread?

How does tetanus spread?

Dirty wound: Tetanus spores exist in the dirt worldwide. A wound in dirty skin or touched by contaminate fingers can transfer spores to the wound that then germinate. The germs produce a toxin as they grow that gets in the blood to produce tetanus. Tetanus is not spread person to person. ...Read more

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Tetanus (Definition)

Tetanus is infection of the nervous system with the potentially deadly bacteria clostridium tetani ...Read more