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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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Will i get tetanus - last shot 3 years ago - puncture wound - rusty nail in garden?

Will i get tetanus - last shot 3 years ago - puncture wound - rusty nail in garden?

Have it evaluated: Such injuries can potentially be dangerous as one may develop tetanus, or a number of other types of deep infections. If the wound was deep enough they may lead to bone infections. Have the wound properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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I had meningitis shot. Can i still contract meningitis. I had shot 3 years ago.

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I had meningitis shot. Can i still contract meningitis. I had shot 3 years ago.

Yes you can: "meningitis shot" you received gives protection only for Meningococcal meningitis and sepsis (meningococcemia). Therefore, you can still get pneumococcal or viral meningitis. ...Read more

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Yesterday i stood on a rusty nail which punctured my foot - last tetnus jab was 3 years ago - should I worry?

Yesterday i stood on a rusty nail which punctured my foot - last tetnus jab was 3 years ago - should I worry?

No shot needed: You're good from a tetanus standpoint, but clean the wound thoroughly with soap and water and watch for redness or signs of infection (pain, pus draining, swelling). ...Read more

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My anti-rabies shot was 3 mos. ago [Immunoglobulin, Rabipur]. Today, I got an accidental bite from my cat (food on my hand). Is booster shot needed?

My anti-rabies shot was 3 mos. ago [Immunoglobulin, Rabipur]. Today, I got an accidental bite from my cat (food on my hand). Is booster shot needed?

Two yr protection: Completion of the primary rabies series gives you a 2 year window of protection.Those in high exposure professions are advised to have their antibody level tested at 2 yrs to see if a booster is needed. ...Read more

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I got 2 booster rabies shots 1 month ago. I received a 4 dose vaccine series 5 months ago. If i get exposed again very soon do I need more shots?

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No: Primary series of rabies vaccination provides immunity for 2+ years. If you are at risk of frequent exposure, e.g., wild life worker, antibody titer should be determined every 2 years. ...Read more

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Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Ask your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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My hand caught in rusty gate, do I still need tetanus shot if i had it 2 yrs ago with rabies shot? I don't know if i had the original 3 vaccine shots.

Tetanus booster: You probably don't need a tetanus booster. However, getting the tdap is recommended to augment your tetanus immunity ( especially if you are unaware of receiving the primary shots) and to boost your pertussis immunity if you anticipate having close contact with an infant aged <12 months and previously have not received tdap. Good luck. ...Read more

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7 yrs.Past got tetanus toxoid vaccine after giving birth. Now i scratch my self on rusty gate no blood . No deep wound should have anothe vaccine?

7  yrs.Past got tetanus toxoid vaccine after giving birth. Now i scratch my self on rusty gate no  blood . No deep wound should have anothe vaccine?

Yes: Tetanus vaccines provide at least 10 years of immunity. But, if you have a 'dirty' wound involving rusty items or soil you should consider getting a booster shot if its been longer than 5 years. Ask your doctor to look at your wound to help you decide about your need for a booster. ...Read more

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I was bit by a dog. I was given rabies vacination. And my tt (tetanus) injection was delayed by 48 hours. I did get 2 tt in last 3 month. Scared help?

I was bit by a dog. I was given rabies vacination. And my tt (tetanus) injection was delayed by 48 hours. I did get 2 tt in last 3 month. Scared help?

You are safe: You are well protected against rabies and tetanus .Delay in getting tetanus injection would cause any problem ,because your 2 tetanus injection given in last 3 months are giving ou protection against tetanus .Hope this will help you ...Read more

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I had the full post exposure rabies vaccines 20 years ago. 1 year and 11 months ago I had the 2 dose post exposure. Are the last shots still working?

Possibly: The immunologic memory following rabies vaccine is variable. You may still have sufficient circulating antibodies from your prior vaccines, but regular boosters might be recommended depending on your risk of exposure. Preferred method is to check bloodwork for antibody levels prior to giving booster. Otherwise, you should always receive 2 doses of vaccine after any exposure. ...Read more

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I am 42.Mmr vacc on 3 feb 14 as travelling 2 thailand in mar 14. Doctor recommended shot of priorix &have developed rash on leg 12 days post injection?

I am 42.Mmr vacc on 3 feb 14 as travelling 2 thailand in mar 14. Doctor recommended shot of priorix &have developed rash on leg 12 days post injection?

Expected rash: A rash is common 12 days after the mmr. It may be the expected rash from the vaccine. If so, it usually goes away after about 5 days. If not, then you might want to see a doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Three days ago I've accidentally pricked myself with a rose thorn. My last tetanus shot was 8 years ago, do I need a tetanus boost?

Three days ago I've accidentally pricked myself with a rose thorn. My last tetanus shot was 8 years ago, do I need a tetanus boost?

No: Not likely unless the rose thorn was heavily contaminated with soil. Sporothrix schenckii a
fungal illness from rose thorns is possible but likely remote.
Wash the wound with soap and water. Apply triple antibiotic for a couple days w a bandaid during the day.
Can always get a tetanus booster but could go another 2 years if not really wanting a doctor visit. ...Read more

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A metal hairclip accident cut his mouth; he’s had his tetanus injections at four and six months he is now three years old does he need another tetanus shot or something ?

A metal hairclip accident cut his mouth; he’s had his tetanus injections at four and six months he is now three years old does he need another tetanus shot or something ?

4 shots by age 3 yr: Tetanus shots are part of a combination vaccine (there are several combinations available). A basic combination is DTaP, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. A child gets this type of vaccine at ages 2, 4, 6 months; plus a fourth shot around age 15-18 months. If he missed his fourth shot, he may get it now. The next tetanus vaccine afterwards would be after he turns 4 years. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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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?

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

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I had last tetanus shot exactly 4 years ago, should i still be covered?

!0 yr with options: Most are considered covered for 10 years with simple cuts and or clean wounds.If you work around soil/landscape gardening, or have a hard to clean wound, a 5 yr interval would be considered more appropriate for the circumstance. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It's time!: If you have an injury requiring a tetanus shot repeat if it has been over 5 years. Otherwise we repeat every 10 years. Time for a booster! ...Read more

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Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?

Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?

Maybe: You should be protected from your past booster (10 yrs) unless the wound was contaminated or care delayed. Since you are at the end of the useful span of protection, a booster now or at your convenience might be a good idea. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail last tetanus shot was 3-4 years ago should I worry. Should I be worried?

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

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

No: You have protection from that issue for approximately 10 years from the shot as long as the wound is simple and cleaned after it is incurred.Your piercing could become infected with standard skin germs so attention to local care during healing is important. ...Read more

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