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Last Tetanus Shot
Yes: Do yourself a favor and keep this up to date ...Read more
I forgot the exact date of my last tetanus shot! I need it for work. Is it ok to just get another shot?
Yes: We physicians can't remember when we got our boosters either. Just get immunized if you need it. ...Read more
I stepped on a sharp metal last night and it's been almost 9 years since my last tetanus shot? Safest to get another shot?
Minor cut from tin can. Last tetanus shot just over 10 yrs ago. How long can I wait before I get another shot?
With Tetanus: It is better not to delay if your shot is out of date. ...Read more
Do I need to get a tetanus shot if I stepped on a staple even though It hasn't been 10 years since my last tetanus shot?
No: If it's been less than 10 years, you should be ok. ...Read more
It's been more than 10 years since my last tetanus shot. Shall I take it as a precaution? Or wait for when I need it (e.G. In case of injury?)
You may not notice: Tetanus spores are everywhere in the environment & need only a break in the skin to set up and begin the low grade infection that creates tetanus toxin. Waiting until you have in injury that you believe may be a problem may be too late. At 38, the best booster for you covers tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis, which helps protect you & prevents you from giving whooping cough to a vulnerable young infant. ...Read more
Is it too late if I have a tetanus shot 72 hours or + after I got a minor cut from a rusty paperclip in a toilet tank? My last tetanus shot: 5 yrs ago.
It has been 6.5 years since my last tetanus shot and I just cut myslef with the serrated edge of some cling wrap - it isn't very deep, but it bled. Am I at risk?
TdaP: You are okay with a "clean" (non-rusty, indoor cut) on tetanus shot for 10 years, but if you are around any babies you may want to update you tetanus to include pertussis, or whooping cough, with tdap now available for teens and adults so not to catch or transmit whooping cough to others. ...Read more
I stepped on a rusty nail last tetanus shot was 3-4 years ago should I worry. Should I be worried?
Not about tetanus: Your tetanus coverage should be fine. There are many other germs I would worry more about and an infection into the complex structures of the foot can be scary. Make sure the wound is thoroughly cleaned and examine it frequently over the next few days. Go in if there is increasing redness/swelling or pain. ...Read more
I stepped on a nail, and my last tetanus shot was 18 yrs. Ago. Can I wait until tomorrow to go get another?
Yes: Clean out the wound the best you can and watch it well as infection can also be a problem. We like to get the tetanus booster on board soon but under 3 days you should be well covered. ...Read more
Am I still able to get tetanus if I got a small cut by a clean looking nail outside and my last tetanus shot was 4-5 years ago?
Highly unlikely: Fortunately tetanus is a very rare disease and esp. Rare in those who have been vaccinated. If you were vaccinated within the past 10 years there is no need to get a booster. I would like to say there is no chance of you getting tetanus but can't- there are very rare cases in those who have been vaccinated, but they tend to be less serious. See http://www. Vaclib. Org/basic/health/boostershots. Htm. ...Read more
I stepped on a nail in an attic 3 days ago. Last tetanus shot was about 9 years ago. Is it pointless to get the shot after waiting 3 days?
No: Need a booster dose of tetanus toxoid. Also keep the wound clean ...Read more
I got a tetanus shot a week after a dog bite. My last tetanus shot was well over ten years ago. Is this tetanus shot too late to take effect?
No: The Tetanus shot you received wasn't meant to treat the dog bite, rather to catch up on your late immunization schedule. If your doctor was suspicious of tetanus infection, yes s/he would have given you Tetanus immune globulin, which gives best results if given within the first 24 hrs, all the best ...Read more
I fell into a rose bush almost 2 nights ago. I have many small puncture wounds. My last tetanus shot was 3 years ago. Do I need to get a booster?
Not if wounds clean: And no foreign bodies are presents.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yesterday I got cut on a rusty barbed wire fence. My last tetanus shot was 4 years ago. Do I need a booster? How could the germs live out in the sun?
You may not: You get at least 5 years from a booster so you should be ok if you cleaned the wound well. It is not the germs of tetanis but the "eggs" or spores of the germ that can survive for years in the dust & "hatch" when they are in the presence of the serum from tissues in a wound. ...Read more
Husband cut thumb cooking last night. Knife was clean and last tetanus shot in 2003. Does he need a new shot?
Time for another one: Clean kitchen knife is not likely to cause problem with tetany, but make sure he cleans the wound well with antiseptic such as peroxide/rubbing alcohol quickly, then keep clean/dry. If signs of infection--more redness, swelling, puss formation, consult doc. Anyhow, the end of 2012 is near and so it is time for him to get another shot of tetantus/pertussis booster vaccine. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
I have a puncture wound from a rusty nail and can't remember when my last tetanus shot was. It has been very well cleaned. Advice?
Depends: Today it is common for OBGYNs to recommend the TdaP vaccine during pregnancy, but people remember it more for the pertussis part. If you had one with a pregnancy within the past 10 yrs you may be okay, if not the vaccine is a reasonable precaution and would give you protection now & for a while. ...Read more
Bitten by barn cat on outside of thumb. Pretty sure cat rabis vacc. Not puncture. More sliced. What would recommend? Last tetanus shot was in 2006.
Last tetanus shot was in 2008 for 9th grade physical. Considering going off birth control summer 2018, when would it be best to get a booster?
Tetanus shot: You need tetanus booster every ten years ...Read more