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

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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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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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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I got biten by my cat two days ago. I thought it was just a scratch but it stinged after germX. Is it too late to get a tetanus shot just in case?

I got biten by my cat two days ago. I thought it was just a scratch but it stinged after germX. Is it too late to get a tetanus shot just in case?

Bitten by cat two days ago: No, is fine have the vaccination. Is the skin red? Tender?
swollen? Those are symptoms of infection.
Were you vaccinated in the past? If yes have it again, the immune system will wake up, rapell injection.
Have Amoxicillin 500 mg for 5 days, go to the pharmacy and have the vaccination.

Keep well ...Read more

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Is it too late if I have a tetanus shot 72 hours or + after I got a minor cut from a rusty paperclip in a toilet tank? My last tetanus shot: 5 yrs ago.

Is it too late if I have a tetanus shot 72 hours or + after I got a minor cut from a rusty paperclip in a toilet tank? My last tetanus shot: 5 yrs ago.

May have vaccine: Usually tetanus vaccinations are given every ten years. Since you are dealing with the rusty paperclip, it would be reasonable to update sooner. Make sure the area is clear of any infection and be seen to be placed on antibiotics if any redness or swelling is seen. ...Read more

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Is a week too late to get a tetanus shot?

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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I got a tetanus shot a week after a dog bite. My last tetanus shot was well over ten years ago. Is this tetanus shot too late to take effect?

I got a tetanus shot a week after a dog bite. My last tetanus shot was well over ten years ago. Is this tetanus shot too late to take effect?

No: The Tetanus shot you received wasn't meant to treat the dog bite, rather to catch up on your late immunization schedule. If your doctor was suspicious of tetanus infection, yes s/he would have given you Tetanus immune globulin, which gives best results if given within the first 24 hrs, all the best ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I was working with old rusty nails and they touched an open wound on my hand. Is it to late to get a tetanus shot?

Two weeks ago I was working with old rusty nails and they touched an open wound on my hand. Is it to late to get a tetanus shot?

No: If it has been more than 5 years since your last tetanus shot, you should get a booster. A tetanus vaccine is effective for 10 years for a clean wound and 5 years for a dirty wound. A rusty nail would be "dirty" and you should have a tetanus shot again. ...Read more

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Had back tooth pulled 2 weeks ago with slight infection. Now jaw is locked up. Haven't had tetanus shot in over 20 years. Is it to late to get one?

Had back tooth pulled 2 weeks ago with slight infection. Now jaw is locked up. Haven't had tetanus shot in over 20 years. Is it to late to get one?

Trismus: The most common complication after infected tooth extraction is trismus also called spasm and tightness in the jaw muscles. The best treatment is moist heat and jaw exercises. ...Read more

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Who needs tetanus shot?

Who needs tetanus shot?

Everyone: Everyone should have a current booster. This is case of exposure to tetanus through skin breakage through rusty meta or some animal bites for example. ...Read more

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When is a tetanus shot needed?

When is a tetanus shot needed?

After Primary Imm10y: The Immunisation to prevent Tetanus is started in first yearand up to 4to6 years of age called Primary Immunisation
The vaccine used is DPT (Diptheria, Teatanus, Pertussis) and protects against 3 disease.
Given at 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and next 4to6 years. Then at age of 11 as Tdap vaccine. And a booster every 10 years after that as DT or Tdap.
But if there is contaminated wound and last shot >5 yrs Shot ...Read more

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How long tetanus shot is good for?

5-10 yrs: The tetanus shot we are use to is generally considered effective for older kids & adults for no less that 5 years in most situations and 10 for some. Infants with immature immune systems start a 6-8wks & are boosted every 2mo for 3 doses then at 12-15 mo for primary protection. Those whose activities (play or work) involve repeated incidental wounds may benefit from a booster after 5 yrs. ...Read more

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Does deep cut require tetanus shot?

Does deep cut require 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

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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 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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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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Can you take a tetanus shot while sick?

Yes: Only not recommended if severe illness, such as those requiring hospitalization. ...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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When does pain fom tetanus shot go away?

When does pain fom tetanus shot go away?

Normally the bulk of: Discomfort resolves within 3 to 4 days. ...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

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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?

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?

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