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Reactions To Tetanus Shots
As an adult who has never received a tetanus shot in my lifetime, would it be safe to get one now, or could there be adverse reactions?
Tetanus: Tetanus is a disease causes by a bacteria called clostridium tetani. It is characterized by paralysis of the muscles including the diaphragm muscle which could be life threatening even leading to death. Tetanus can be easily prevented by taking a tetanus vaccine. The common side effects can be injection site reaction, pain and fever (with a combination vaccine), rarely an allergic reaction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tetanus shot: No, there should be no adverse reaction from getting the 2 shots together. There may be some soreness of the shot site. ...Read more
Depends on age: Infants immune systems require doses 6-8 wks apart starting at 6-8 wks for 3 doses in the first yr to provide the initial protection, boosters at 12-15m, 4-5y, 10-15yr and every 5-10 yrs thereafter based on lifestyle.( those exposed to dirty work/play benefit from regular boosters) rare severe rxns to the booster occur & require avoidance unless an allergist can desensatize you to the toxoid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi. Cut myself with a knife a week ago. I don't think I have any tetanus symptoms but if had can I get a shot and be OK? Thanks
Nothing specific: If you are concerned you have had too many, relax. There is no problem if you had 2- 13 months apart. There are rare folks that have allergic reactions to vaccine components, but these show up immediately like a bee sting reaction. If anything you will have good antibodies for longer than they would if you had just had one. ...Read more
Depends on situation: To maintain protection over a lifetime booster shots every 10 years are recommended.If you work in & around gardens & other soil based terrain on a regular basis, or have a cut after 5 years in such a setting, a booster may be reasonable.This is based on one having had the basic tetanus series in the past. ...Read more
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