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A serious bacterial infection that causes muscle spasms and can be life-threatening. It is caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, which is found in soil, dust, and manure. It enters the body through cuts, scratches, or puncture wounds that are contaminated with the bacterium.

The best way to prevent tetanus is to get vaccinated.

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If you received the complete primary programme, booster doses are only required every 10 years even if you have received 5 doses previously

Boosters doses are a single dose administered every 10 years. Primary vaccination programme depends on the age of the patient

Yes, if you don’t know when you had your last dose or if your last dose was more than 10 years ago

Injection site irritations, soreness and hardened skin. Potentially fever, fatigue, tiredness and flu like symptoms.

Depending on their age there is a choice of three different vaccines and relevant dosing regime

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Tetanus can be prevented through vaccination.
The vaccination is a single booster dose every 10 years

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Tetanus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person.

Symptoms of tetanus may include muscle spasms, especially in the jaw and neck muscles (leading to lockjaw), difficulty swallowing, stiffness in the muscles of the abdomen and back, and fever. Severe muscle spasms can cause fractures and other injuries.
Tetanus can be prevented through vaccination. The tetanus vaccine is usually given as part of a combination vaccine called DTaP (which also includes vaccines for diphtheria and pertussis) or Td (which also includes a vaccine for diphtheria). Booster shots are recommended every 10 years.
Treatment for tetanus may include medications to control muscle spasms, wound care to remove any infected tissue, and antibiotics to kill the bacteria. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.
Tetanus can be a serious and potentially life-threatening infection, but it can be prevented through vaccination. If you have not been vaccinated against tetanus, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated.

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