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How long does your body remember a tetanus shot?

How long does your body remember a tetanus shot?

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.

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What exactly does it mean when your whole body is sore after taking a tetanus shot?

What exactly does it mean when your whole body is sore after taking a tetanus shot?

Good response: Soreness means your body is recognizing the vaccine components, kicking your immune system into high gear to make the needed antibodies. It's a good sign of an appropriate body response to the vaccine!

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What do I do if I just got a tetanus shot and have a bad headache and itching on parts my body.?

What do I do if I just got a tetanus shot and have a bad headache and itching on parts my body.?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.

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I had a combined tetanus shot a week ago. I shave severe pain shootin through my arm still, if I move it other then close to the body. What is this?

I had a combined tetanus shot a week ago. I shave severe pain shootin through my arm still, if I move it other then close to the body. What is this?

Side effect: While any vaccine can cause soreness at the site of injection, tetanus can cause pain involoving the whole arm for few days, try over-the -counter pain killers, but take them on regular basis for 2 -3 days, if symptoms persist or you develop more symtoms, please seek medical attention, good luck

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Last 48 hours I've had increasedmuscle spasms all over my body/immense pain in my neck. Cut myself with a kitchen knife puncture wound last week but haven't had tetanus shot in 12 years should I worry?

Last 48 hours I've had increasedmuscle spasms all over my body/immense pain in my neck. Cut myself with a kitchen knife puncture wound last week but haven't had tetanus shot in 12 years should I worry?

Yes: While the anecdotal time frame is to get a tetanus immunization every 10 years there is no accurate telling that your immunization is still effective. Your symptoms and the length of time since your injury could be the early symptoms of tetanus. I would advise you to see an infectious disease specialist or a neurologist asap.

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Is it normal to have all over body aches and dizziness a day after a tetanus shot?

Is it normal to have all over body aches and dizziness a day after a tetanus shot?

May happen: After tetanus shot, usually one may get little pain at the site of injection or feel feverish and some body aches but dizziness uncommon. This may last a day only, since no headache or vomiting and fever, . You may be alright soon.

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Feeling muscle weakness and mild pain throughout body, two days after Tetanus shot. Is it a side effect?

Feeling muscle weakness and mild pain throughout body, two days after Tetanus shot. Is it a side effect?

T Tetanus t: Sometimes the tetanus vaccine can cause mild side effects which may include soreness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection, fever, headache or body aches and fatigue. These can be managed using NSAIDS and should resolve in a day or two. Hope you feel better soon.

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Who needs tetanus shot?

Who needs tetanus shot?

Everyone: Everyone should have a current booster. This is case of exposure to tetanus through skin breakage through rusty meta or some animal bites for example.

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When is a tetanus shot needed?

When is a tetanus shot needed?

After Primary Imm10y: The Immunisation to prevent Tetanus is started in first yearand up to 4to6 years of age called Primary Immunisation The vaccine used is DPT (Diptheria, Teatanus, Pertussis) and protects against 3 disease. Given at 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and next 4to6 years. Then at age of 11 as Tdap vaccine.And a booster every 10 years after that as DT or Tdap. But if there is contaminated wound and last shot >5 yrs Shot

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How long tetanus shot is good for?

5-10 yrs: The tetanus shot we are use to is generally considered effective for older kids & adults for no less that 5 years in most situations and 10 for some. Infants with immature immune systems start a 6-8wks & are boosted every 2mo for 3 doses then at 12-15 mo for primary protection. Those whose activities (play or work) involve repeated incidental wounds may benefit from a booster after 5 yrs.

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Does deep cut require tetanus shot?

Does deep cut require tetanus shot?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores (that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available.

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When should I renew my tetanus shot?

Every ten years.: If you don't know how long it has been since your last tetanus shot - it is best to just get another shot.

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How often can I need a tetanus shot?

How often can I need a tetanus shot?

Every 10 yrs: The effect of a tetanus booster is good for most people for ten years. Those with immune problems or after bone marrow transplant the need differs and should be answered by their doc.

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How to tell if I need a tetanus shot?

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.

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When to get a tetanus shot in general?

7-10 years: As an adult every 7-10 years. If you have not yet had a pertussis booster, get it now.

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Can you take a tetanus shot while sick?

Yes: Only not recommended if severe illness, such as those requiring hospitalization.

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How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: If you are not aware of your tetanus vaccination, a blood test can determine your immunity not only against tetanus but also to other diseases prevented by vaccines.

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Need to know how to get a tetanus shot?

Need to know how to get a tetanus shot?

Call your doctor: You can get this shot at your doctor's, an immunizing pharmacist, or the local public health department.

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When does pain fom tetanus shot go away?

When does pain fom tetanus shot go away?

Normally the bulk of: Discomfort resolves within 3 to 4 days.

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How often should you get a tetanus shot?

Booster every ten: After an initial series, boosters are given every ten years unless one has a dirty wound in which case the interval may be shortened. There is very little harm in getting an early dose. Tetanus vaccine is often combined with diphtheria and activated pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Dtap and tdap.