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Tetanus Shot Alcohol
I was just bitten by my son's hamster. It broke the skin. Do I need a tetanus shot, or will I just clean it with alcohol?
Scratched leg on slightly rusty bench. Didn't bleed but scratched/broke skin. Do I need a tetanus shot? Last vaccine was at 15yo. Rubbed alcohol on it
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. ...Read more
Protection wears off: The protection provided by a tetanus shot usually provides ample levels of circulating antibody protection for up to ten years. After that point it fades & the person may develop tetanus if exposed. Protection from tetanus & several other bacteria based vaccines does not last as long as most viral vaccines & must be boosted periodically to maintain protection. ...Read more
Td: Most people don’t have problems with the Td Vaccine (Adult Tetanus & Dipehteria). According to the CDC - 8 in 10 people have pain at injection site, there is mild fever in 1 out of 5, redness or swelling at injection site in 1/3rd. Right after injection one could feel dizzy, have ringing in ears or faint. There might be shoulder pain in affected arm. Severe allergic reactions are estimated to occ ...Read more
Pain and swelling: Most of the time, side effects are a mild swelling and a dull ache that sets in later that day and continues for 2-3 days afterwards. Sometimes a fever develops that night or the next day. Other shots may have delayed side effects but the tetanus vaccine side effects set in fairly quickly. ...Read more
Ten years: Ten years is the recommended time period for repeat immunization with tetanus toxoid. If, however, in the intervening time period you sustain a serious injury with the potential for introducing Clostridium tetani into your wounds, you should have repeat immunization if it has been five years since the last. Clinical tetanus remains a rare disease in the USA. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein. As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus. Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might. A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection. ...Read more
No thimerosal: There is no thimerosal in current vaccines in the us. A booster should be available at any vaccine provider. At your age a combination vaccine, the tdap is recommended & will boost your protection from tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (preventing you from giving it to babies). ...Read more
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