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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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As an adult who has never received a tetanus shot in my lifetime, would it be safe to get one now, or could there be adverse reactions?

As an adult who has never received a tetanus shot in my lifetime, would it be safe to get one now, or could there be adverse reactions?

Tetanus: Tetanus is a disease causes by a bacteria called clostridium tetani. It is characterized by paralysis of the muscles including the diaphragm muscle which could be life threatening even leading to death. Tetanus can be easily prevented by taking a tetanus vaccine. The common side effects can be injection site reaction, pain and fever (with a combination vaccine), rarely an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Stepped on side of nail and I don't think it it went through. Looks like a flat blood blister. Had tetanus shot about 3yr ago. Should I be worried?

Stepped on side of nail and I don't think it it went through. Looks like a flat blood blister. Had tetanus shot about 3yr ago. Should I be worried?

What, me worry ?.: Take a picture of the area for comparison views. Keep it clean and watch for signs of increasing inflammation. (Redness, Swelling, Heat and Pain). If these symptoms start to increase, then start worrying and get to your doctor. It's probably not going to happen. ...Read more

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About 48 hours ago I stepped on a rusty nail went went to inches in my foot hip replacement on the same side so I had a tetanus shot 12 years ago do I?

About 48 hours ago I stepped on a rusty nail went went to inches in my foot hip replacement on the same side so I had a tetanus shot 12 years ago do I?

Tetanus shot is: only good for 10 years at the most. Some say 5 years for really dirty cuts. Please get tetanus shot as soon as possible. I would have wound evaluated at the same time. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more