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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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