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I got tetanus when I was a child, does that mean I am immunized and can't get it again?
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: NO! and Yes
No, there is essentially no natural immunity to tetanus toxin.
Therefore only effective way to control tetanus is by prophylactic immunization. Universalimmunization with subsequent maintenance of adequate antitoxin levels by means of appropriately timed boosters is necessary to protect all age groups, even if you have previous had natural infection.

In brief: NO! and Yes
No, there is essentially no natural immunity to tetanus toxin.
Therefore only effective way to control tetanus is by prophylactic immunization. Universalimmunization with subsequent maintenance of adequate antitoxin levels by means of appropriately timed boosters is necessary to protect all age groups, even if you have previous had natural infection.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: See below
Tetanus should be renewed every 10 years.
If you don't your immunity drops and you could get the disease.

In brief: See below
Tetanus should be renewed every 10 years.
If you don't your immunity drops and you could get the disease.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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