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How would I know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
10 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
For those who completed the primary tetanus series & have had a booster within 10 years, cleaning of a simple fresh wound & proper closure would be ok.
If a dirty wound, soil or rocks etc . > 5y from last booster would leave you at some risk. If the primary series was never complete or you are past the protected zone, a booster and infiltration of the wound with antitoxin might be needed.

In brief: Depends
For those who completed the primary tetanus series & have had a booster within 10 years, cleaning of a simple fresh wound & proper closure would be ok.
If a dirty wound, soil or rocks etc . > 5y from last booster would leave you at some risk. If the primary series was never complete or you are past the protected zone, a booster and infiltration of the wound with antitoxin might be needed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: If you've never had.
If you've never had a tetanus vaccine or it has been ten years since your last one.

In brief: If you've never had.
If you've never had a tetanus vaccine or it has been ten years since your last one.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Dr. Lauren Romeo
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