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Do i need a tetanus shot? I scraped my hand on some rusty looking metal, but i think i had a tetanus shot a year or two ago. Do i need another shot now?

Do i need a tetanus shot? I scraped my hand on some rusty looking metal, but i think i had a tetanus shot a year or two ago. Do i need another shot now?

If : If you had a tetanus shot a year or two ago, then no you don't need another shot. But please call your doctor and be sure that you had a tetanus shot. Tetanus shots are good for 5 years for large, contaminated wounds, and for 10 years with small cuts or scrapes. If you are not sure, please check. If you have any wound redness, fever, or discharge, then you need to be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Am i covered if i had a tetanus shot 3 years ago?

For a decade : A tetanus booster will protect you for around 10 yesrs from the date it is given. ...Read more

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Can i get tetanus from getting earrings even if i had tetanus shot 5 years ago?

Unlikely: To get tetanus from earrings/ piercing would be very unlikely on immunized person and when it is done with clean tools. Tetanus shot or to be exact tdap vaccine should be given every 10 years to prevent not just tetanus but also whooping cough. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago.  No tetanus shot fir over 30 years.  Should I get tetanus shot now?

Yes,: Although the cat scratch is irrelevant to the answer to your question. If you have not had a tetanus shot for over 30 years you are well overdue. Please get your flu vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

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I stepped on a sharp piece of metal outside. My last tetanus shot was about 3 years ago. Do I need to go for a tetanus booster shot?

No need for booster : If you got all your tetanus vaccines as a child and a booster 3 years ago then you don't need one now. Tetanus booster shots are good for at least 5 years. ...Read more