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Will i get tetanus from this rusted metal scratch?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe,maybe not

Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores to enter and create an infection.
Those germs produce the toxins that cause tetanus. A rusty nail is a classic exposure.If you had a booster within 10 years & cleaned up the wound after receiving it, you are likely immune.If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one.

In brief: Maybe,maybe not

Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores to enter and create an infection.
Those germs produce the toxins that cause tetanus. A rusty nail is a classic exposure.If you had a booster within 10 years & cleaned up the wound after receiving it, you are likely immune.If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Booster needed

If you have had a tetanus shot within the last ten years, the chances are remote.
If you haven't had a booster get one now.

In brief: Booster needed

If you have had a tetanus shot within the last ten years, the chances are remote.
If you haven't had a booster get one now.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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