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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?
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