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If you step on a piece of glass do you need a tetanus shot?

If you step on a piece of glass do you need a tetanus shot?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores (that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available. ...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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If cats don't carry tetanus in their saliva and you get bit why do you need a tetanus shot? House cat vaccinated at vet

If cats don't carry tetanus in their saliva and you get bit why do you need a tetanus shot? House cat vaccinated at vet

It is not the cat: Its claws, they walk on dirt, dung, and where tetanus spores are prevalent will carry and infect the person, reason to have tetanus prophylaxis, most already has tetanus vaccine with in 5 years. ...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 to tell if I need a tetanus shot?

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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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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Will I need a tetanus shot again after 5 months?

Will I need a tetanus shot again after 5 months?

Confusing question: Adults who completed the primary tetanus series at anytime in the past (infancy, childhood, teens or adults) would only need a tetanus shot every 10 years. Some who engage in gardening or landscape work may get boosters at 5 yr point. If you never had a previous series then it would be wise to do so. ...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 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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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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If I gave myself a little scratch on a rusted rack at work, do I need a tetanus shot? It's not deep at all just a surface scratch

Scratch: rusty nail: Everyone should keep their tetanus vaccination up to date, because you just never know when you might get scratched by something. If you work around rusty things, it is especially important for you. Yes, call your doctor today to see if your tetanus booster is up to date, and if it isn't, you'll need to get one. Wash out the cut thoroughly with soap and water. ...Read more

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Husband got puncture wounds from new barb wire. Does he need a tetanus shot? He hasn't had one in over 10 yrs. If so, how long can he wait?

Husband got puncture wounds from new barb wire. Does he need a tetanus shot? He hasn't had one in over 10 yrs. If so, how long can he wait?

Yes: The cdc recommends a tetanus shot booster every ten years or for certain exposures. Symptoms develop about 3-8 days after exposure to the bacteria. Good luck, I hope this helps. If so, please vote for me. Heres a link for more info. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/tetanus/. ...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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Is pen ink in your wound likely to need a tetanus shot?

Dirty Pen?: Tetanus spores are found in dirt, so a clean pen is not likely to inoculate with tetanus, while a dirty pen could.

A tetanus booster is recommended avery 10 years, and within 5 years if you have a tetanus prone wound. ...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 metal nail & bled--do I need a tetanus shot?

I stepped on a metal nail & bled--do I need a tetanus shot?

Depends: Depends on your history of tetanus immunizations. I would contact your primary care doctor immediately. Puncture wounds from nails can be prone to tetanus. ...Read more

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If you get scratched by a rusty nail do u need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: Tetanus shots are recommended every 10yrs. However, I usually recommend getting one, with an injury, if it's been more than 5yrs. With the new recommendations to get a Tdap, (tetanus, diphtheria AND pertussis) it might be the perfect opportunity to protect you and unimmunized infants, from whooping cough. This replaces the old Td. ...Read more

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How would I know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?

Depends: For those who completed the primary tetanus series & have had a booster within 10 years, cleaning of a simple fresh wound & proper closure would be ok. If a dirty wound, soil or rocks etc. > 5y from last booster would leave you at some risk. If the primary series was never complete or you are past the protected zone, a booster and infiltration of the wound with antitoxin might be needed. ...Read more

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Do I need a tetanus shot because of a kitchen grease burn I have.?

Tetanus: You need a tetanus shot every ten years. If you are treated for an injury/trauma (such as a burn), your physician may choose to give a tetanus booster if you can't remember how long it has been since your last booster. ...Read more

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I haven't had a booster and I am 66 years old do I need a tetanus shot because I have a bad cut from a kitchen appliance.

Tetanus: You need a booster because you're 66 and haven't had one in many years however it is unrelated to the kitchen appliances. That Miss Liz on Rusty anoxic areas and will affect humans from dirty rusty instruments I will assume your kitchen appliances a relatively clean and rust free ...Read more

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I cut my finger with a kitchen knife do I need a tetanus shot?

I cut my finger with a kitchen knife do I need a tetanus shot?

If it has been 10 or: More years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know when your last tetanus shot - then yes, you need a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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I was just bitten by my son's hamster. It broke the skin. Do I need a tetanus shot, or will I just clean it with alcohol?

When was your last: tetanus shot? Hamsters can directly or indirectly transmit Rabies, Tularemia, Salmonellosis, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Dermatophytosis (ringworm, dermatomycosis), Rodentolepiasis and Hymenolepiasis (tapeworms). ...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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Help! I'm having my house re-done & I was walking outside & tripped over a wire type fence on the ground & cut my leg in 3 places. The wire fence thing looked brand new. Do I need a tetanus shot?

Help! I'm having my house re-done & I was walking outside & tripped over a wire type fence on the ground & cut my leg in 3 places. The wire fence thing looked brand new. Do I need a tetanus shot?

If not up to date: If you have not had a tetanus shot within the last 10 years he will need to have a booster shot. It would also be a good idea if those cuts are deep to have them looked at that for any foreign body that may have become lodged in them and for general wound care. ...Read more