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I am 36 and stepped on a rusty tack that went as far as it could into my foot do I need a tetanus shot? :(
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Tdap recommended
Tetanus shots are good for 10 years but if the injury is 'dirty' then >5 years is the norm. However, the adult tdap is recommended now to cover tetanus and whooping cough.
The other worry with a puncture wound is the risk of infection . I hope you could clean the wound with soap and water. If any redness/pain/swelling you should get seen because of risk of bone infection (osteomyelitis).

In brief: Tdap recommended
Tetanus shots are good for 10 years but if the injury is 'dirty' then >5 years is the norm. However, the adult tdap is recommended now to cover tetanus and whooping cough.
The other worry with a puncture wound is the risk of infection . I hope you could clean the wound with soap and water. If any redness/pain/swelling you should get seen because of risk of bone infection (osteomyelitis).
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
If the rusty track entered your foot.
You definitely need a Tetanus shot

In brief: Yes
If the rusty track entered your foot.
You definitely need a Tetanus shot
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, you do
Please go and see your doctaor as soon as possible.

In brief: Yes, you do
Please go and see your doctaor as soon as possible.
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
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Dr. Yash Khanna
You need a tetanus shot if you have not had it for ten years.But your wound i also need to be evaluated as it can caus bacterial infection.So you do need to be checked by your doctor as soon as possible
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