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When To Get A Tetanus Shot After Cut
Is it possible to get tetanus from an indoor cat scratch? Can i get tetanus even when i got a tetanus booster shot after the scratch?
No: A scratch from a house car is an unlikely source of tetanus, and if you have had a baseline series of tetanus shots, or dpt, when you were younger, and now got a booster, you are safe. It is possible to get other infections from a cat scratch , so report redness and swelling to your doctor. A scratch is an unlikely source of tetanus compared to a puncture wound , . ...Read more
Don't: There is no reason to wait between these vaccines.They can be given the same day and give protection as well as if separated. ...Read more
How long can I wait to get a tetanus shot after stepping on a nail? The nail wasn't.Clean but wasn't rusted.Foot washed.Dep cut
Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry.If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours.If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more
Nope: Go ahead and get one, it is not too late ...Read more
Can i still get tetanus infection even if i got a tetanus vaccine two hours after a second degree burn?
Low, low risk: Tetanus develops when the spores of the cause enter a deep wound (open skin). The vaccine is very good at preventing but without an open wound, the risk is essentially zero. As far as that burn is concerned, apply good protective skin cream, avoid further trauma an it will heal quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had tetanus shots before but do not want to go in for my ten year, can I just get the shot booster in the future if I get a deep cut and comein?
Tetanus Safety: Tetanus vaccination is available as Tdap( tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis) or Td ( tetanus diphtheria). If you have received Td next time that is after 10 years get the Tdap. The safety interval is as short as less than 2 years between shots but try and wait at least 5 years to reduce side effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More discomfort: The td (tetanus and diptheria) is recommended ten years apart in the absence of significant injuries. They're given closer together when indicated for injuries. The tdap (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis) is recommended as a one time dose for adults. When indicated, the tdap can be given at any interval after the last tetanus containing vaccine. More swelling, pain and fever with closer spacing. ...Read more
Logical question am I more likely to get tetanus through a scrape with a tiny cut or a deep wound? And why get another tetanus shot if you have one
DeepContaminatedWoun: It can be deep wound,but it depends more if it is a clean wound like with a blade or knife at home or a wound outside in the dirt.soil,and animal feces.This is because the spores of the tetanus bacteria are found in these areas.When the spores enter deep flesh wound that can produce a powerful toxin which impair the nerves that control your muscle.Rarely superficial contaminated wounds can also ca ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immediately: Both can be given on the same day or separate days.There is no reason to delay one or the other. ...Read more
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
After 20 weeks: Currently, tdap vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women after 20 weeks gestation if they have not received this vaccine previously. In addition to tetanus and diphtheria, this vaccine contains whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine as well and there is an epidemic going on at this time. It is important to get this vaccine. ...Read more
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