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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

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

As soon as you can: If you have not had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years, you should go to your doctor and get a booster shot. Nowadays, we give tdap, which also will protect you against whooping cough, which is common in certain parts of the country. ...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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How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more

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Do you need to get a tetanus shot for a small glass cut on the foot?

Do you need to get a tetanus shot for a small glass cut on the foot?

Usually not: As long as tetanus vaccination status is current, minor injury does not require tetanus shot. ...Read more

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I received a small cut on my foot from a piece of dirty glass (that was in an parking lot) do I need to get a tetanus shot? Unsure of last time I got one.

I received a small cut on my foot from a piece of dirty glass (that was in an parking lot) do I need to get a tetanus shot? Unsure of last time I got one.

Tetanus Protocol: If you can not remember the last time you had a tetanus booster. It wouldn't be a bad idea to get one. Then you'll be good for 10 years. Better safe age than sorry. ...Read more

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Hi I got a whooping cough shot in 2011 today I cut myself on a drity bench. Do I night to get a tetanus shot?

Hi I got a whooping cough shot in 2011 today I cut myself on a drity bench. Do I night to get a tetanus shot?

Depends: If you received the TdaP, or the more current whooping cough shot that contains the tetanus toxoid you are protected. Since that is the only whooping cough shot now given to adults I expect that you did. The tetanus booster within that shot gives you 10 years of protection from date of administration. ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

Should I get a tetanus shot, if my skin was slightly cut from a metal jagged edge?

Maybe.: With a low-risk injury (clean and shallow) you need a booster if you haven't had one in 10 years; with a high risk (deep and dirty) it's 5 years. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a cut tripping with some metal wires on the ground, should I get a tetanus shot?

What to do if I got a cut tripping with some metal wires on the ground, should I get 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, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty wire is a classic source because it was on the ground. If > 10 yrs since youe last booster, get the shot. ...Read more

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I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. He suggested that I get a tetanus shot within the week. Just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. I don't want to use the emergency room. Thank you

I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. He suggested that I get a tetanus shot within the week. Just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. I don't want to use the emergency room. Thank you

You: You should have a tetanus shot within 72 hours ideally. However it is very unlikely that you will get tetanus from a soup can. It is a good idea to get it updated though, as this will last you from 5-10 years. Also the new tetanus shot also has the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and we are having a whooping cough outbreak in this country. ...Read more

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I cut myself with a staple that was on a package sent from China. It's small, kinda deep cut. Should I get a tetanus shot? (Idk when I last had one)

I cut myself with a staple that was on a package sent from China. It's small, kinda deep cut. Should I get a tetanus shot? (Idk when I last had one)

Yes: If it has been more than 5 years since your last shot or if you cant remember, you should get a new shot, sooner rather than later. If you know the doctor you went to the last time you had your tetinus shot, they probably have records and can tell you when you had your last shot. Also look out for signs of infection, like increaseing warmth or draining puss, increasing pain, etc ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot? I've been getting small cuts/ scratches from metal lately I checked and I don't think there was rust. I am a hypochondriac

Should I get a tetanus shot? I've been getting small cuts/ scratches from metal lately I checked and I don't think there was rust. I am a hypochondriac

Tetanus shot: Tetanus shots need to be repeated (booster shot) about every 10 years. If you haven't had one in that length of time or don't remember when you last had one, then yes do get one. ...Read more

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Cut foot on bush should I get a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: Usually tetanus is not caused by plant matter, but you should check with your doctor anyway to be sure you are up to date- many adults lose track of when their last tetanus shot was. Se this as a motivator to find out if you are due. ...Read more

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I was in the mountains yesterday and I got cut on my lower leg by rusty barbed wire. It's just a red scratch. Should I get a tetanus shot? I'm 21.

Better safe than: Sorry. If it more than 5 years since your last tetanus booster it will be the prudent thing to do. Hopefully a shallow scratch should not pose a high risk for infection especially if the scratch was irrigated thoroughly. Take care and be safe.
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6 days ago I cut my finger putting on skies. Wound is small and not deep. It did bleed a little. Didn't get a tetanus shot. Should I worry about tetanus?

6 days ago I cut my finger putting on skies. Wound is small and not deep. It did bleed a little. Didn't get a tetanus shot. Should I worry about tetanus?

See doctor: If you got tetanus shot in the last 5 years or so then not to worry. You are protected. Moreover if the wound is healing well, no fever or another problem, you should be o.k.Still if you are worried then consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Husband cut his finger with dirty pruning shears last weekend, and now it looks ugly. Should he get a tetanus shot?

Husband cut his finger with dirty pruning shears last weekend, and now it looks ugly. Should he get a tetanus shot?

Yes!: If he has not received a tetanus shot within the last 5 years he should receive tetanus protection, as this would be considered a "tetanus prone wound.". ...Read more

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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Dirty: The cut would need to be deep, ie penetrating. Dirty wounds necessitate tetanus booster. And of course the time of last vaccine is important. If greater than 5 years since last dose of tetanus. ...Read more

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I got a minor cut from a old rusty knife I am up to date on my tetanus shot but should I still go get it checked?

I got a minor cut from a old rusty knife I am up to date on my tetanus shot but should I still go get it checked?

Cut: Signs and symptoms to look out for would be worsening redness, swelling, pain in the area of cut. Also if you develop a fever that would suggest infection. Should you see any of these, recommend seeing a physician. ...Read more

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Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?

Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?

Maybe: You should be protected from your past booster (10 yrs) unless the wound was contaminated or care delayed. Since you are at the end of the useful span of protection, a booster now or at your convenience might be a good idea. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Got cut with a dirty blade desinfected with KMnO4.No local signs of inflamation. Last date of tetanus shot 17.11.2005. Shoul get tetanus shot again?

Yes: Since it has been more than 5 years since your last booster, you should get one even though there are no signs of infection/inflammation. Make sure that you get a Tdap, as we now know you need pertussis boost as well and you would not have gotten that back in 2005. ...Read more

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Cut while shaving, razor seems clean, last tetanus shot was 12 years ago. I'm abroad and can only get a shot in 5 weeks. Is it urgent? Will I be ok?

You should be fine: Tetanus immunization doesn't just "end" at 10 years, it is a suggested interval and you have some immunity. This was the definition of a clean injury. Not to worry. You can just get a booster for the NEXT one which might not be so clean. ...Read more

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Am I still able to get tetanus if I got a small cut by a clean looking nail outside and my last tetanus shot was 4-5 years ago?

Am I still able to get tetanus if I got a small cut by a clean looking nail outside and my last tetanus shot was 4-5 years ago?

Highly unlikely: Fortunately tetanus is a very rare disease and esp. Rare in those who have been vaccinated. If you were vaccinated within the past 10 years there is no need to get a booster. I would like to say there is no chance of you getting tetanus but can't- there are very rare cases in those who have been vaccinated, but they tend to be less serious. See http://www. Vaclib. Org/basic/health/boostershots. Htm. ...Read more

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A friend wants to know if she stepped on a nail and didn't get cut and it didn't go in her foot if she still needs a tetanus shot?

A friend wants to know if she stepped on a nail and didn't get cut and it didn't go in her foot if she still needs a tetanus shot?

No: The skin must be punctured completely to force the clostridium tetani bacteria through to underlying tissues order to cause tetanus. A scrape won't introduce it, as well. If you do get a skin puncture, try to make the wound bleed to help get rid of any foreign matter that might have been introduced. If it is red and painful the next day, seek immediate treatment, even after your booster. ...Read more

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Does deep cut require tetanus shot? What's the time limit under which I should get the shot? A long sewing machine needle passed through the finger fully

Does deep cut require tetanus shot? What's the time limit under which I should get the shot? A long sewing machine needle passed through the finger fully

No shot needed.: If it's a non-rusty sewing needle, it's unlikely you will need tetanus shot. This shot lasts 5-10 years. If you haven't had the shot over 6 years. It;s best to get another one. This will protect you for future deep wound or cut injuries that may put you at risk for tetanus. ...Read more