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Question about tetanus shot. What is a toxoid and where did the word toxoid come from?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Treated toxin

Tetanus differs from some vaccines in that altering the germ in some form is not part of the process.
The chemical "toxin" produced by the germ is treated to inactivate it.From that inactivated "toxoid", a vaccine is created so you can develop protective antibodies to the active toxin.

In brief: Treated toxin

Tetanus differs from some vaccines in that altering the germ in some form is not part of the process.
The chemical "toxin" produced by the germ is treated to inactivate it.From that inactivated "toxoid", a vaccine is created so you can develop protective antibodies to the active toxin.
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