Tetanus Injection

Tetanus injection is also known as tetanus toxoid, is a vaccine given against tetanus. Tetanus is caused by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani, which affects the brain and the nervous system causing painful muscle spasms, particularly in the jaw and neck. Five doses of tetanus injection are given during childhood and the sixth dose during adolescence. Booster doses are given every ten years to maintain immunity.

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Do I need another tetanus shot now if I had one last year?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tetanus shot last year around June. I had another minor mishap on the road with a small injury (cleaned with antiseptic). Do I need another tetanus shot now?  Read Full »


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The last year's dose is not going to give you any protection now. If any one of the following has happened during the injury, you will need tetanus followup: Injury due to any rusted metallic object. Abrasion due to contact with the ground or the road. Contact w...  Read Full »

My last tetanus shot was 20 years ago. Should I get one now?

Query: Hello doctor, I will be traveling abroad in two and a half weeks for a 10-day visit. It has suddenly dawned on me that my last tetanus shot was 20 years ago.Online I have read I should have had a booster but four to six weeks before the trip. Should I get one or am I good for now? I am a cancer sur...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand all your concerns. Tetanus toxoid (TT) has a great role in preventing serious tetanus infection which could occur anywhere and anytime. Moreover, the TT is a weak toxoid with little adverse effects on our bodies. A booster dose is required for all the p...  Read Full »

I took multiple doses of TT injection. Will it cause an overdose?

Query: Hello doctor,Can TT injection be taken on the buttock? Yesterday nurse gave me a TT injection on my buttock. Is it acceptable, or should I take it on my arm? And after how many hours should TT injection be taken? I have taken it within 24 hours. Is it ok? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. TT (Tetanus Toxoid) injection is given as an intramuscular injection in the deltoid or buttock muscle; however, most intramuscular injection is also given in the arm deltoid muscle. One should take a TT injection as early as possible or preferably within 24 hours. So...  Read Full »

Can you get rabies from scratch of a vaccinated dog?

Query: Hello doctor, My dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations. But accidentally, my dog scratched me a couple of days ago. The scratch was hard enough to break the skin and cause bleeding. Would I need rabies or tetanus shot for this? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Yes, it is advisable to get a rabies vaccine as prophylactic. Since bleeding was there, you might be contaminated. However, the chances of rabies infection are rare because your dog is vaccinated. But still, f...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for a dog bite.

Query: Hi doctor, My problem is dog bite with some pain. I am currently on antirabies medication. I am a 15 year old male. My weight is 38 kg and height is 5 feet.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should clean the wound with soap and water. Get the dressing done from a local doctor with Betadine solution followed by application of Mupirocin ointment. The dressing should be changed daily till healing. You should have antirabies vaccination on day 0, 3, 7, 14...  Read Full »

I have a small piece of a wooden splinter in my left ankle. Can it cause tetanus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a wooden splinter in my left ankle. While I was trying to get up from a wooden deck, my left ankle scraped on the wooden deck, and a wood splinter got in my ankle. It did not go in vertically, but it went in horizontally across the skin. I have attached a picture of the wound after...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The wound is small, but there is certainly a small risk of tetanus. It is not only rusty objects that lead to tetanus, but the spores of this bacteria are even in soil and wood. I would ad...  Read Full »

Why do I have marks on my legs, which is increasing in size?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old with a weight of 61 kilograms. I have some marks on my legs after an accident. It does not seem to be a mark of injury but it gets increased. I am attaching the picture. Please suggest.   Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be due to infection. You have got an open wound due to injury and it had got infected. You have not taken any proper precautions. Due to that, you may have developed s...  Read Full »

Can a tetanus shot to the hip cause knee pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female who weighs about 95 kg. I had been given a tetanus shot in my hip one year back. After that, I felt sharp shooting pain around my knee whenever I stand extremely painful, and I needed the support of something, and later I was pretty much fine as this pain was...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right; usually, vaccinations are given intramuscularly into the upper arm. However, the location you mention is also allowed and, of course, possible. It is also possible to irritate a nerve with an injection, at least in theory, but rarely happens. However, ...  Read Full »

What treatment should I do for a cut on forearm?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a small cut on my forearm while cleaning my house due to the barbwire fencing. Can you please advice on the medication for it?  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com It is better if you could attach the picture. Now as you have mentioned, if it is a small cut topical antibiotics would be enough. You should apply Mupirocin ointment or Betadine ointment three to four times a day until it heals. Also, as it is a metal wire, you shou...  Read Full »

Can T-Bact or Neosporin ointment be used on a wound?

Query: Hi doctor, My child, who is 2 years old, fell off while playing. She got hurt above the left eye with mild scar. Please suggest some medication. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did it bleed? How deep is the wound? If the child is not immunized or if it is a bad infected wound, then Tetanus injection may be required. Revert back with the answers to the above questions to a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online...  Read Full »

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