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Tetanus is infection of the nervous system with the potentially deadly bacteria clostridium tetani ...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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What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around us but predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it.If you've had a booster within 10 yrs you don't need one. ...Read more

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I stepped on an earring on the pool deck. Do I need a tetanus shot?

I stepped on an earring on the pool deck. Do I need 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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What do you suggest if i had a very tiny prick on rusted metal, do I need a tetanus shot?

What do you suggest if i had a very tiny prick on rusted metal, do I need a tetanus shot?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around us but predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it.If you've had a booster within 10 yrs you don't need one. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I got injured like 2 months ago. And my wound is pretty deep and won't heal. Would I need a tetanus shot?

I got injured like 2 months ago. And my wound is pretty deep and won't heal. Would I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus is not issue: A wound present for two months needs medical evaluation. Tetanus is only an issue from a contaminated source but it would have shown up by two months, so although you have a problem here with a non-healing wound, it is not due to tetanus. ...Read more

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I stepped on a pin. It punctured my heel. About half an inch went through. Three days have past and it still sores. Do I need a tetanus shot or wait?

I stepped on a pin. It punctured my heel. About half an inch went through. Three days have past and it still sores. Do I need a tetanus shot or wait?

Last tetanus was?: In general you need a tetanus (now TDaP)booster once every ten years. If you have a penetrating injury and your last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago you should get a booster. I would not consider the injury you described as at risk if you stepped on a clean pin in your home, If you are still having pain, please be sure nothing was left in the wound, i.e. part of the pin. ...Read more

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In what grade do children need a tetanus shot booster?

In what grade do children need a tetanus shot booster?

4 yrs and 11 yrs: Tetanus boosters are given at kindergarten entry (4 or 5 years old) in the form of dtap. Then a different vaccine, tdap, which contains a tetanus booster is given again at age 11. A tetanus shot is good for 5-10 years. If there is an injury and the last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago, then a booster may be needed right away. ...Read more

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