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Tetanus Shot 3 4 Years Ago
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
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
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 had my tetanus shot 3 years ago. I was cut by the door of a locker which caused me to bleed. Should I be worried about getting infected?
Infection alert: You should be covered for tetanus but you could develop a staph or strep infection. Be on the lookout for redness, throbbing or discharge. ...Read more
Yes: Do yourself a favor and keep this up to date ...Read more
I got a tetanus shot about 8 years ago, but a booster shot last year. When should I get my next tetanus shot?
Tetanus Shot: Within the next 10 years or earlier with any serious injury. ...Read more
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?
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
Am I still able to get tetanus if I got a small cut by a clean looking nail outside and my last tetanus shot was 4-5 years ago?
Highly unlikely: Fortunately tetanus is a very rare disease and esp. Rare in those who have been vaccinated. If you were vaccinated within the past 10 years there is no need to get a booster. I would like to say there is no chance of you getting tetanus but can't- there are very rare cases in those who have been vaccinated, but they tend to be less serious. See http://www. Vaclib. Org/basic/health/boostershots. Htm. ...Read more
I stepped on a nail in an attic 3 days ago. Last tetanus shot was about 9 years ago. Is it pointless to get the shot after waiting 3 days?
No: Need a booster dose of tetanus toxoid. Also keep the wound clean ...Read more
I fell into a rose bush almost 2 nights ago. I have many small puncture wounds. My last tetanus shot was 3 years ago. Do I need to get a booster?
Not if wounds clean: And no foreign bodies are presents.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yesterday I got cut on a rusty barbed wire fence. My last tetanus shot was 4 years ago. Do I need a booster? How could the germs live out in the sun?
You may not: You get at least 5 years from a booster so you should be ok if you cleaned the wound well. It is not the germs of tetanis but the "eggs" or spores of the germ that can survive for years in the dust & "hatch" when they are in the presence of the serum from tissues in a wound. ...Read more
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
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 was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?
My husband is 48 years old and had a tetanus shot 6 years ago, he got cut by a bottle last night, should he get another tetanus shot?
Not needed: He doesn't need one.Get a more detailed answer ›
Do I need to get a tetanus shot if I stepped on a staple even though It hasn't been 10 years since my last tetanus shot?
No: If it's been less than 10 years, you should be ok. ...Read more
I haven't had a booster and I am 66 years old do I need a tetanus shot because I have a bad cut from a kitchen appliance.
Tetanus: You need a booster because you're 66 and haven't had one in many years however it is unrelated to the kitchen appliances. That Miss Liz on Rusty anoxic areas and will affect humans from dirty rusty instruments I will assume your kitchen appliances a relatively clean and rust free ...Read more
What happens if an infected wound is left untreated and won't go away? What if you have had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years?
Infected wound: The germs from an infected would can enter into the blood stream and can seed various organ systems such as brain, heart, liver, kidneys, etc. Your tetanus shot is good for ten years but won't protect you from organisms like strep and staph. Don't be foolish and seek help. ...Read more
It's been more than 10 years since my last tetanus shot. Shall I take it as a precaution? Or wait for when I need it (e.G. In case of injury?)
You may not notice: Tetanus spores are everywhere in the environment & need only a break in the skin to set up and begin the low grade infection that creates tetanus toxin. Waiting until you have in injury that you believe may be a problem may be too late. At 38, the best booster for you covers tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis, which helps protect you & prevents you from giving whooping cough to a vulnerable young infant. ...Read more
It has been 6.5 years since my last tetanus shot and I just cut myslef with the serrated edge of some cling wrap - it isn't very deep, but it bled. Am I at risk?
TdaP: You are okay with a "clean" (non-rusty, indoor cut) on tetanus shot for 10 years, but if you are around any babies you may want to update you tetanus to include pertussis, or whooping cough, with tdap now available for teens and adults so not to catch or transmit whooping cough to others. ...Read more
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