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How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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