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Tetanus Toxoid Administration
Agressive management: Avoiding tetanus in an old >1-2 day & dirty wound requires agressive management.The wound is cleaned & dead tissue removed. Tetanus Immune Globulin is administered to block (immediately) the effect of any toxin emerging from the wound while the toxoid is given to boost the individuals response(which takes a while).Oral or IV meds are given to kill off the tetanus germs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Abnormal: A rigor is an extreme reaction associated with high fever and shivering etc. It is an illness in itself and indicates that the patient over-reacted to the toxoid. Whether you call it allergy of sensitivity is immaterial. The toxoid should never be given again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
93-99%+: Drug company data submitted for review show the vaccine produces a 4x or better increase in protective response in 93-99% of the study group. Researchers consider the 4x boost evidence of protection. Given the decline of tetanus to 40 or less per year in the US it appears something is going well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a Type III dog bite. The doctor only administered 4 shots of Antitetanus, 1 shot of Tetanus Toxoid and Rabipur. Does Immune Globulin required?
Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!
No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more
Yes: Booster vaccine doses are needed with almost all vaccines. The immune system does not remember a vaccine forever, or does not make adequate amounts of antibodies forever, in part because vaccines are made to be not too strong on the body, so not to cause side effects in the vaccinated person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dtap vaccine: To complete the series and be properly immunised the babies are given 3 dtap shots in first year, 4th shot in 2nd year and a booster between 4 and 6.After that every child needs a booster every 10 years.So three tdap shots 2 months apart, is the minimum to get primary immunity in adults and than booster every 10 years, but vaccine for adults is different, it is not dtap but tdap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If needed: Thimerosol was used in trace amounts in most vaccines until 1992 after the epa issued a random number for lifetime exposure.(based on no science)it has never been shown to have a toxic effect on humans.Today it is present in some flu vaccines. It did it's job of protecting the vaccine for years & removal from vaccines has not been met with a decline in supposed health problems. ...Read more
Vaccines for travel: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list Check out this interactive website! You can learn about which vaccines are recommended for travel to a particular area of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a similar feature, and also has information about current outbreaks of disease. Have a great trip and safe travels. ...Read more
Tetnaus prone wound: Tetanus immunoglobulin would be used in a "tetanus-prone wound"(wounds caused by puncture, crush injury, burns or frostbite)in an individual who hat not received an initial series of three tetanus immunizations as a child, or it is unclear if the person ever received a series of immunizations. The immunoglobulin would be in in addition to tetanus toxoid. ...Read more
Because they work: For many years after the development of single antigen vaccines, the effort has focused on combining as many as possible into single formulations. This drive is to reduce the pain and stress of giving, receiving doses separately. Years of research have proven them safe and effective. A playboy bunny and many well meaning folks promote separating these based on junk science and speculation. ...Read more