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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tetanus Shot (Overview)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking root and causing illness.


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What is the tetanus shot after a car accident for?

What is the tetanus shot after a car accident for?

Broken skin?!: Any break in the skin can provide access to tetanus spores that may set up in the wound and eventually generate tetanus toxin. The tetanus spores are everywhere: the soil of the road, contamination of structures, off the hands of emergency personnel. If you cannot confirm a tetanus shot within the past 10 years, it is routine to give one after motor vehicle accidents when any wound is present.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
335 Doctors shared insights

Tetanus Shot (Overview)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking root and causing illness.


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Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

Maybe.: With a low-risk injury (clean and shallow) you need a booster if you haven't had one in 10 years; with a high risk (deep and dirty) it's 5 years.

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How to tell if I need a tetanus shot?

How to tell if I need a tetanus shot?

If > 10 yrs U need 1: Tetanus protection from the primary or booster series will begin to decline over time. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus booster, you should consider one at your convenience. If you are not protected a booster within 24hrs of a potential tetanus exposure will be necessary. Today we recommend the tdap which boosts your coverage against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria.

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Is it safe to get a tetanus shot during pregnancy?

Yes: You should actually receive a tdap, which will also provide a pertussis booster. Pertussis causes whooping cough, and there has been a recurrence of whooping cough, which can cause problems in an infected infant.

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When does pain fom tetanus shot go away?

When does pain fom tetanus shot go away?

Normally the bulk of: Discomfort resolves within 3 to 4 days.

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Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

If this is change in: Status of finger then it needs to be rechecked. Swelling, redness, heat, increased tenderness, purulent drainage or red streaks are all signs that infection may have set in. Take care.

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Can you tell me how long it should hurt after a tetanus shot?

Can you tell me how long it should hurt after a tetanus shot?

FewMinutesTo2to3days: Most of the time Tetanus shot given as DT or Tdap as combination shot with Diptheria and Pertussis only causes pain or discomfort at the time of injection. But some times you can get a reaction to the shot with little swelling at the site of injection and hurt may last 2to3 days In children it is always given as DPT and also given with 2or3 other shots and hurt may be due to multiple shots 2to3days

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A family member had Guilliane Barre last year, now my son is expected to get a tetanus shot for school. Is it safe for him, heard this is dangerous?

A family member had Guilliane Barre last year, now my son is expected to get a tetanus shot for school. Is it safe for him, heard this is dangerous?

Low risk but yes: According to the National Vaccine Information Center (http://www. Nvic. Org), there is a causal relationship between tetanus shot and Guillain Barre syndrome. GBS is rare but must be identified early to be treated appropriately. Tetanus is a deadly disease contracted through inoculation of spores of clostridium into the body through a wound. As with any concern, discuss it with your provider.

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Is a 7 year old tetanus shot effective for stepping on a rusty nail?

Is a 7 year old tetanus shot effective for stepping on a rusty nail?

Sort of: If it is a true puncture wound with a rusty or dirty nail we generally would like the shot no more then five years. The vaccine loses potency at about 7 to ten years. Talk to your dr. Keep the wound clean.

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I have m tetanus shot in june 2006 I want to know how long it is good for I mean how many years its work?

I have m tetanus shot in june 2006 I want to know how long it is good for I mean how many years its work?

10 years: A tetanus shot should be renewed every ten years. However, in case of a major injury, a new one should be given if it has been more than 5 years since the last one.

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How often should a person get a tetanus shot if he works outdoors, sort of a park ranger?

I'd repeat every 5y: Effective protection depends on lifestyle. For the average person the coverage should be effective for 10 years if the primary series was completed earlier. If one walks in muddy streams, camps, hunts, works in the dirt a lot, i'd only count on 5 years before getting another booster.

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What are the side effects of tetanus shot?

What are the side effects of tetanus shot?

Nothing more than. .: Local pain at the injection site. Very infrequently, some individuals who get too many tetanus shot experience serum sickness-like symptoms, e.g., fever, joint swelling, and rash.

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Its been 17 days since I was bitten by my cat there has been no sign of infection. Didn't have tetanus shot until a wk later. If I had the tetanus bacteria would it have shown signs by now?

Incubation phase: The listed incubation for tetanus is 3-21 days with most starting to have symptoms within 8. From your statement it appears you were likely not exposed or your initial wound care prevented it from starting.

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I hit my head a few months back on a nail sticking out in my attic. I'm 24 got my tetanus shot at 12 should I be worried? I don't remember bleeding. Wouldn't I have symptoms I'm scared already of tetanus if I was going to get it

Don't worry: No need to worry that the injury caused tetanus at this point, You are, however, overdue for a booster so please see your doctor for one now. Be sure o catch up on all your vaccines. Tetanus is not likely to result from clean nail in an attic.

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Can a tetanus shot cause complications during the first trimester...?

Tetanus shot: While conventional doctors would say that a tetanus shot is "safe" during pregnancy, any vaccine can potentially cause harm during pregnancy. ... In fact, every vaccine has the potential for serious side effects in any age, from birth through death!

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Tetanus shot 3/9 due to 2nd degree burn. Today I feel three hard bumps all together & a little tender. Should it feel like bumps on injection site?

Tetanus shot 3/9 due to 2nd degree burn. Today I feel three hard bumps all together & a little tender. Should it feel like bumps on injection site?

It happens: It is not unusual for there to be a slight local reaction like you describe, with a little bit of swelling in the tissues under the skin (that's called induration in doctor talk). Tenderness also common for a couple of days. Can try cool compress on area, gentle massage, but take it as a sign that your body is mounting an appropriate response to the vaccine.

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Road rash on knee is yellow on inside and tender and red around infection? Tetanus shot? Wat should I do?

Road rash on knee is yellow on inside and tender and red around infection? Tetanus shot? Wat should I do?

Skin Infection: This sounds like a good old standard bacterial skin infection and in no way represents a tetanus diagnosis. Most skin infections require antibiotics which are prescribed at your local family medicine clinic.

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Is it possible to outgrow an allergy to tetanus shots?

Possibly: Depends on what your initial allergy was...How long ago you received the tetanus. More than likely it was the preparation that the tetanus was made in that caused the reaction and not necessarily the tetanus.

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I cut my finger soup can lid this am, taking out trash. Cleaned, iodine, baggage with antibiotic. Not sure when last tetanus shot do I need one now?

I cut my finger soup can lid this am, taking out trash. Cleaned, iodine, baggage with antibiotic. Not sure when last tetanus shot do I need one now?

Maybe, maybe not: Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores access to create an infection. A rusty nail is a classic exposure but any cut could be a source. Good cleaning and care can help. If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one.