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What age do kids get their first tetanus shot? My 3 year old fell on a bike sprocket and got scrapes and a small puncture wound, should I take him to the er?

What age do kids get their first tetanus shot? My 3 year old fell on a bike sprocket and got scrapes and a small puncture wound, should I take him to the er?

Children: Children typically receive their first tetanus shot at 2 months, the second at 4 months, and the third at 6 months, the fourth between 15 and 18 months, and the fifth between 4 and 6 years of age. Then, the next dose is between ages 11 and 12 years old, and then up to every 10 years afterwards.

I would clean the wound with soap and water, and then take your child to your regular doctor. Probably your child is up to date on his tetanus shots - but your child's doctor would know for sure (although he wouldn't have received the 5th dose of the primary series). Your doctor can evaluate the wound and the piece he fell on - in general, if the metal is not rusty or "dirty" (i.e. Was lying in a cow pasture) it should be okay. However, seeing your doctor is a good idea to see also if the scrapes and the wound require stitches, and possibly topical or oral antibiotics.

Good luck! It's hard watching them learn to ride, isn't it? I was chewing my nails the whole time... ...Read more

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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When to get a tetanus shot in general?

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. ...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?

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

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Is a week too late to get a tetanus shot?

You really want to: Get the shot as quickly after injury as possible. But, still go in to get it. Take care. ...Read more

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Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

No Free shots for 27: Sorry but there are no free shots any where in Nyc for a 24 years old
We do not use single Tetanus vaccine any more it is either DT (ADULT)or tdap and you can get from any doctor's office or ER if you have a wound
Most insurance cover the vaccine boosters ...Read more

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Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

Where can I get a free tetanus shot in nyc?

Health Department: There should be a health department that will provide the vaccine. ...Read more

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How long can you wait to get a tetanus shot?

How long can you wait to get a tetanus shot?

Scedule:: 2m, 4m, 6m, 18m, 4 years, 11years and then every 10 years. If you got dirty wound, do shot asap! Don't weit. ...Read more

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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Dirty: The cut would need to be deep, ie penetrating. Dirty wounds necessitate tetanus booster. And of course the time of last vaccine is important. If greater than 5 years since last dose of tetanus. ...Read more

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How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more

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How often should I get a tetanus shot if I am healthy?

About ten years: Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at-

http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/

great material there. Will answer all possible questions. ...Read more

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When is it an absolutely necessary to get a tetanus shot?

A dirty wound: A penetrating dirty wound such as a nail going into the foot. If you had your original tetanus shots all you would need is what is called a "wound booster". ...Read more

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How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry. If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours. If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more

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When is it too late to get a tetanus shot from the day of the injury?

Never to late: The incubation period prior to the onset of tetanus symptoms can take several days to several months, depending on the location of the inoculation. ...Read more

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I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

Better late: Than never if your vaccines are not up to date. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have it checked for a secondary infection at the same time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it an absolute necessity to get a tetanus shot?

Absolute necessity: Mean emergency! Example: you stepped on rusty nail and last tetanus shot done more then 5 years ago. ...Read more

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Can I get tetanus from getting earrings even if I had tetanus shot 5 years ago?

No: You have protection from that issue for approximately 10 years from the shot as long as the wound is simple and cleaned after it is incurred. Your piercing could become infected with standard skin germs so attention to local care during healing is important. ...Read more

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For what length of time do I have to get a tetanus shot after I stab myself with a knife?

For what length of time do I have to get a tetanus shot after I stab myself with a knife?

Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry. If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours. If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more

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How often should a person get a tetanus shot if he works outdoors, sort of a park ranger?

I'd repeat every 5y: Effective protection depends on lifestyle. For the average person the coverage should be effective for 10 years if the primary series was completed earlier. If one walks in muddy streams, camps, hunts, works in the dirt a lot, i'd only count on 5 years before getting another booster. ...Read more

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If you get an anti tetanus shot how long does it last? I mean how long before you have to take another one?

Tetanus Shot: A series of shots are given during childhood, but thereafter a booster shot is needed every 10 years, but as a practical matter, when I see people in the urgent care center with wounds or punctures, I recommend a booster if they cannot remember when they last had a booster. Better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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I got a minor cut from a old rusty knife I am up to date on my tetanus shot but should I still go get it checked?

I got a minor cut from a old rusty knife I am up to date on my tetanus shot but should I still go get it checked?

Cut: Signs and symptoms to look out for would be worsening redness, swelling, pain in the area of cut. Also if you develop a fever that would suggest infection. Should you see any of these, recommend seeing a physician. ...Read more

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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

Yes,: Although the cat scratch is irrelevant to the answer to your question. If you have not had a tetanus shot for over 30 years you are well overdue. Please get your flu vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

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Got bit by house cat, only had 3 tetanus shots as a child. Had a tetanus shot 14 hours after the bite. Can I still get tetanus or am I safe now?

Most likely: You are most likely protected from tetanus. However, watch the wound closely. Cat and dog bites are prone to develop infection. Also has the cat had rabies shots? If not the animal needs to be observed for 10 days to make sure it's not infected. If you cannot find the cat notify your physician to assess your risk for rabies. ...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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Should I get a tetanus shot after a car accident?

Should I get a tetanus shot after a car accident?

Maybe: If you had the skin broken in any area and either have not had a tetanus in several years or are unsure when you last had it then yes you should have the shot. ...Read more

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How much do I have to bleed to get a tetanus shot?

Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein. As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus. Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might. A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection. ...Read more

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Where can I get a tetanus shot with no thimerosal?

No thimerosal: There is no thimerosal in current vaccines in the us. A booster should be available at any vaccine provider. At your age a combination vaccine, the tdap is recommended & will boost your protection from tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (preventing you from giving it to babies). ...Read more