Tetanus is a disease caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Tetanus occurs when a person who has never had tetanus comes into contact with the bacteria.
Tetanus occurs in three stages. The first stage is called the prodromal stage. During this stage, there may be no symptoms of tetanus.
The second stage is called the clinical stage. During this stage, there are symptoms of tetanus, including:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle stiffness and pain
During the third stage, the disease may be fatal, but the symptoms of tetanus can be treated.
Tetanus is a disease caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani.
This bacteria can be found in soil and manure. It can also be carried in the air as an airborne particle called a droplet.
Tetanus is a serious disease that can be fatal.
If you get a tetanus shot in an arm that is broken or dislocated, the tetanus vaccine may not be effective.
If you have an arm that is broken or dislocated, you should get a tetanus shot in your uninjured arm.
The tetanus vaccine may not be effective if you have an arm that is broken or dislocated.
If you have an arm that is broken or dislocated, you should get a tetanus shot in your uninjured, unaffected arm.
What happens if tetanus is not treated?
Tetanus is a serious disease that can be fatal. If you do not receive treatment, the disease can cause muscle paralysis and death. The tetanus vaccine may not be effective if you have an arm that is broken or dislocated.
What are the risks of tetanus?
The tetanus vaccine is safe and effective. The vaccine does not contain any mercury, which is a neurotoxin.
The tetanus vaccine is also safe and effective when given intramuscularly. You can get the vaccine in a series of shots.
If you have an allergic reaction to the tetanus vaccine, you may experience:
- Swelling of the face, lips, and tongue
- Feeling of tightness in the chest
- Tight muscles
- Swollen glands
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
The tetanus vaccine may cause a mild or moderate redness at the site of injection.
You may need to get a tetanus booster shot. This will be given 4 to 6 months after the initial shot.
The tetanus booster shot will be given in the same place as the initial shot. If you do not receive the tetanus booster shot, you will need to receive the vaccine again in 8 to 12 weeks.
Talk with your doctor before getting a tetanus booster shot.
What are the benefits of tetanus vaccination?
The tetanus and diphtheria toxoids vaccine is very effective in protecting people from tetanus and diphtheria.
The vaccine is safe and effective when given in a series of shots.
The vaccine is safe and effective when given in a series of shots. Tetanus disease is rare in people with a healthy immune system.
Children who get a tetanus booster shot should receive the vaccine again in 8 to 12 weeks.
People who get a tetanus booster shot may need to get another tetanus booster shot 4 to 6 months after the initial shot.
The tetanus booster shot may not be effective if you have allergies to these other ingredients in the vaccine:
- Inactivated poliomyelitis virus
- Human serum albumin
- Tetanus toxoid
- Bacillus Calmette-Guerin
The tetanus booster shot may cause a mild or moderate redness at the site of injection.
The tetanus booster vaccine may not be effective if you have a weakened immune system, such as if you have HIV or AIDS.
People with HIV should not receive the tetanus booster vaccine.
If you have HIV, you should not get the tetanus booster vaccine.
The tetanus toxoid is made from the bacteria Clostridium tetani. If you have a weakened immune system, such as from HIV or AIDS, the tetanus toxoid may not work as well as it should.
You may need a booster shot of the tetanus toxoid if you have a weakened immune system.
You may need a booster shot of the tetanus toxoid if you have a weakened immune sistem or if you have had an allergic reaction to the tetrathionatoid vaccine.
What are the possible complications of tetanus?
Tetanus can be fatal.
If you do not receive treatment, tetanus can cause muscle paralysis and death.
Tetanus disease is rare in people with a healthy immune system.
People with weakened immune systems may develop tetanus.
People with HIV should not receive the tetanus vaccine. The tetanus vaccine may also not be effective if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your doctor should check your tetanus booster shot for effectiveness.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not get the tetanus vaccination.
You should not get a tetanus booster shot if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
You should not get a tetanus booster shot if you are pregnant or nursing.
You should not get a tetanus booster shot if you are pregnant.
What is the dosage of tetanus vaccine?
The tetanus and diphtheria vaccine is a series of shots.
The tetanus and diphtheria vaccine is given in 2 doses.
The first dose is given when you’re 11 years old. The second dose is given when you’re 13 years old.
To receive the vaccine:
- Your doctor will clean your skin with an alcohol wipe.
- Your doctor will inject a small amount of vaccine into your upper arm.
- You will be observed for 20 minutes after your injection.
Your doctor may inject you with the vaccine more than once, and you may receive boosters of the vaccine.
Your doctor may give you a booster injection of the vaccine every 8 to 12 months.
For the tetanus shot:
- Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in the tetanus shot.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it’s near the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual schedule.
Do not use a shot that’s too close to the time for your next dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 18002221222.
What should I avoid while receiving the tetanus vaccination?
Avoid alcohol. It may increase your drowsiness.
Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve). They may increase your fever.
Avoid eating or drinking anything after your injection.
What are the side effects of tetanus vaccination?
Get emergency medical help if you experience:
- Severe or sudden pain, swelling, or redness where the shot is given
- Severe pain, swelling, or redness in the injection site that gets worse after injection
- A severe allergic reaction with swelling of the throat, face, or tongue
- A severe allergic reaction with itching of the eyes, skin, or nasal passages
- A severe allergic reaction with skin rash
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Bloating or gas
Common side effects may include:
These are not all of the possible side effects. If you notice any changes in your body, tell your doctor or dentist.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1800FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect tetanus vaccine?
Before receiving a tetanus vaccine, tell your doctor of all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications, as well as any vitamins, supplements, and herbal products that you may be taking.
Does tetanus vaccine cause memory loss?
Tetanus vaccine does not cause memory loss.
Tetanus vaccine may cause a temporary increase in the frequency of seizures. If you’re taking any of these drugs, call your doctor before receiving this vaccine.
Ask your doctor before using a tetanus vaccine if you:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients in tetanus vaccine
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have recently had an allergic reaction to any part of this vaccine, or to any vaccine
- Have had Guillain-Barr syndrome (GBS)
The tetanus and diphtherial vaccines may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
What else should I know about tetanus vaccine?
Follow all directions on the vaccine package and the vaccine Recall Information. Do not receive a booster dose of tetanus vaccine unless your doctor tells you to.
Tetanus vaccine is extremely safe. The vaccine is safe for most people. It’s important to get the vaccine while it’s still available.
Tetanus vaccine is effective but the long-term effectiveness of the vaccine has not been studied or proven.
Tetanus vaccine is given in 2 doses, so it’s still available in some countries, such as the United States and Canada.
Tetanus vaccination is a good idea. It prevents tetanus and diphtheria, two serious diseases.
If you would like more information about this vaccine or any other vaccine, please contact our office today.
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