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I stepped on a pin. It punctured my heel. About half an inch went through. Three days have past and it still sores. Do I need a tetanus shot or wait?

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In brief: Last tetanus was?

In general you need a tetanus (now TDaP)booster once every ten years.
If you have a penetrating injury and your last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago you should get a booster. I would not consider the injury you described as at risk if you stepped on a clean pin in your home, If you are still having pain, please be sure nothing was left in the wound, i.e. part of the pin.

In brief: Last tetanus was?

In general you need a tetanus (now TDaP)booster once every ten years.
If you have a penetrating injury and your last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago you should get a booster. I would not consider the injury you described as at risk if you stepped on a clean pin in your home, If you are still having pain, please be sure nothing was left in the wound, i.e. part of the pin.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Dr. Robert Grieco
Sometimes even clean penetrating injuries can cause cellulitis. On the heel it might not look read for a while. May benefit from antibiotics prophylactically in the situation.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics
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In brief: See Your Doctor Now

You may need Tetanus Vaccine which is determined by 1) how long since you last had a shot and by 2) the status of the wound.
Additionally, be aware that puncture wounds have a high risk of developing infection. See your doctor now for correct diagnosis and treatment of your wound and to receive your Tetanus vaccine booster if you are due.

In brief: See Your Doctor Now

You may need Tetanus Vaccine which is determined by 1) how long since you last had a shot and by 2) the status of the wound.
Additionally, be aware that puncture wounds have a high risk of developing infection. See your doctor now for correct diagnosis and treatment of your wound and to receive your Tetanus vaccine booster if you are due.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
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