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When Is It Too Late For A Tetanus Shot
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
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
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 waiting 4 days too late to get a tetanus shot to prevent tetanus after a deep puncture wound? Is it too late?
I stepped on an old nail 2 days ago and it punctured my foot now the top of my foot is red and swollen and sore. Idklast tetanus shot. Is it too late?
Nope: Go ahead and get one, it is not too late ...Read more
I was bitten by a wild kitten this morning. I cannot remember when last I recived a tetanus shot. Can I go for one tomorrow or is it to late?
Tetanus: You can get a shout within 72 hours of bite. However, sooner the better. ...Read more
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
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?
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?
Hello! I recently had surgery late Friday night ever since then my back and chest has hurt so bad I have a dry cough, also my arms are so sore feels like I've had a tetanus shot in each arms they are achy not sure what's going on?
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
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
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
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
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
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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