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Most Common Victims Of Tetanus
Could be: Migrant workers have poor access to healthcare and may not have been immunized against tetanus. They also may work in unsafe conditions with greater chances of injury. Thus, they are more likely be infected than those who have been immunized. ...Read more
About 30-50 cases of tetanus are reported to the cdc annually in the us, and unlike in the past, only about 15-25% die. This low # is attributed to the high vaccination rate.
As a starting point, for more information, see: http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5203a1.Htm. ...Read more
"Lockjaw" starts 1st:
spasms of face & neck, with drooling, difficulty swallowing/breathing. Spasms progress to entire body, with arched back & neck. They last a few minutes, but are relentlessly repetitive for 3-4 weeks (if patient lives that long) & strong enough to break bones or suffocate the patient
Systemic signs include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, sweating, nervous system dysfunction & death. ...Read more
Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung (practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & there's a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more
Yes: It is not uncommon if there was trauma. ...Read more
Bacterial diseases: The most important thing for you to know that these are both bacterial diseases that have been conquered by immunization -- so long as we can get the immunization to people, overcoming superstition and slick disinformation campaigns. The bacteria are still very much with us. Both diseases are agonizing and often lethal. ...Read more
Is it common to feel extremely drowsy, tired and week days after Tetanus-Diphtheria booster shot? I am an adult.
Not normal: It's not normal and is most likely not related to the injections. ...Read more
I had to get a tetanus shot and monday will make it two weeks ago. My arm still hurts and is sore when moving it. Is this common?
Immunization: Not really. May be co-incidence with something else. ...Read more
3rd day post tetanus injection in left arm. Arm swollen, red, and warm. Should CT follow up with dr. Or is this common after the 3rd day.
Possible infection: Tetanus vaccines tend to cause some swelling a pain more than other vaccines but warmth is a sign of possible infection and should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
Rare because of shot: Tetanus spores are everywhere in nature and in high levels in some sites like the soil. Any break in the skin can allow tetanus spores in, where they create an infection that produces tetanus toxin/tetanus as a disease. As long as you completed a primary series & booster within 10 yrs you should be fine. If not get one within a few days. Tend the wound & observe for any sign of infection. ...Read more
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
From the Dirt: Tetanus spores live in the dirt. It is contracted through a cut or wound that becomes contaminated with the organism. This could be a naturally curious question. However, If you are not immunized or have unimmunized children, run don't walk to your nearest pediatrician's office to rectify this situation! You are quite close to the Measles outbreak epicenter, tetanus could be next! ...Read more
Depends: Survival from tetanus depends on a variety of factors. Case fatality rate runs 30% or so with older and very young patients more likely to die. Personal fitness, access to antitoxin and other interventions can improve outcome. ...Read more
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
DiffIcult: History of injury, wound or after delivery is important. Pt has contractures of group of muscles like when smiling ironically (sardonic smile), and contractures of limbs. Life-threatening neurologic syndrome characterized by tonic muscle spasms and hyperreflexiatetanus toxin can be detected in serum, confirming a clinical diagnosis. Samples should be collected before immunoglobulin treatment. ...Read more
Prevent tetanus: Tetanus is a germ that exists all around us. It's spores spread the germs and can enter any break in the skin. A classical risky wound would be from a rusty nail or garden implement. The germ spores enter the wound and fester into an infection. Over time the germs begin to make a neurotoxin that enters the blood and causes the symptoms of tetanus. A simple tetanus shot, protects people from this toxin ...Read more
Paralyzes breathing: Tetanus makes the muscles contract all at the same time, which is very painful and eventually makes it impossible to breathe. If someone gets tetanus, and it happens because people can't get or refuse immunization, nowadays we can paralyze the patient and put him/her on a ventilator until the disease subsides. ...Read more
5 years if wound: Tetanus vaccine is valid for 9 years if you have no injuries. If you have an outdoor laceration or puncture wound, you should get vaccinated within 24 hrs if your prev tetanus is older than 5 years. If you have not had a tetanus vaccine since 2005, you should get booster that contains pertussis vaccine also. This will protect you and children around you from whooping cough. ...Read more
Uncontrollable spasm: Uncontrollable straining of your back (your head is bent backward to the ground, and your back is twisted in the shape of a "u"), uncontrollable grimacing, and uncontrollable spasms of your muscles. It is significant if you recently had a puncture wound to the foot from the ground, or a puncture wound from a rusty nail anywhere on the body. If you are not immunized see a doctor immediately. ...Read more
Depends: Small dirty cuts are openings in the skin that can allow the tetanus spores to grow in your tissue. It doesn't take many to start the process ; lead to tetanus. If you've had a booster within 5 yrs, just clean the cut ; watch for problems. If no booster, or you never completed the primary series, you should get one. Today they have the tdap which actually boosts you for tetanus, diphtheria ; pertussis. ...Read more