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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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What are the side effects of tetanus shot?

What are the side effects of tetanus shot?

Nothing more than ..: Local pain at the injection site. Very infrequently, some individuals who get too many tetanus shot experience serum sickness-like symptoms, e.g., fever, joint swelling, and rash. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a tetanus shot?

What are the side effects of a tetanus shot?

Nothing more than ..: Local pain at the injection site. Very infrequently, some individuals who get too many tetanus shot experience serum sickness-like symptoms, e.g., fever, joint swelling, and rash. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from a tetanus shot?

What are the side effects from a tetanus shot?

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

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What side effects you get from a tetanus shot?

What side effects you get from a tetanus shot?

Soreness: Most common side effects are a sore arm (feels kind of like you got punched) and possibly a "knot" at the site of the injection. Both go away. ...Read more

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After receiving a Tetanus shot, IF you are going to feel any side effects from it (ie- headache, nausea, etc) how long after the shot would they start?

After receiving a Tetanus shot, IF you are going to feel any side effects from it (ie- headache, nausea, etc) how long after the shot would they start?

During the first day: The first 24 hours after the vaccine will be when you may develop symptoms. If you develop large local swelling at the site of injection, this is a sign that you had immunity to tetanus from previous vaccinations and probably did not need the vaccine. This swelling can gradually get worse over 48 hours and will slowly go down over a weeks time. It is not an allergy. ...Read more

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