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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Will rabies vaccination cause future health issues for my 9 year old son?

Query: Hi doctor,My 9 year old son was licked by a stray dog. I was not sure what happened, but I took him to the doctor and got him injected. Would the injection cause him some future health issues?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, the injection will not cause any issues in the future. Rabies Vaccination Injection is given at the 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 days of the bite, but consult your nearest doctor and get the vaccine from that doctor. This vaccine should be taken if there is a dog bite or if t...  Read Full »

Is vaccination needed for a non-rabies dog bite?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 3 years old and has been bitten by a pet dog. The dog would not bite if not touched. It has been in our home for 10 years. It stays always at home. The dog does not have rabies. The dog is a Pomeranian breed.  The wound is not very deep but a slight cut on the upper ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any bite from a dog needs a vaccination for rabies. If the cut is not very deep, it will fall under grade 1 of dog bites and it will definitely need antirabies vaccination and tetanus vaccination. In grade 1 bites, antirabies immunoglobin is not needed but vacci...  Read Full »

A stray dog's leg touched my foot. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, My query is related to the necessity of rabies vaccine for me. I am a 27 year old healthy male. I am a student, staying in the large campus of my institute. This campus is filled with stray dogs and many other types of animals. People caressing those dogs is a very common scene here. One...  Read Full »

Dr. Arun Kaushik. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your apprehension. As it is already one week since you had the dog touch your feet and there was no bleed or break of skin as such. No vaccination is required now. You should have thoroughly cleaned the region immediately after the dog had touched your leg....  Read Full »

Should I get a tetanus shot for infection caused by rusty earring?

Query: Hi doctor, I accidently wore a rusty earring. My ear is little sore but does not seem to be infected. Should I get a tetanus shot? Please advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The infection of ear may be minor but for full protection you should take a booster dose of tetanus toxoid if you have not taken it in last ten years. It is recommended that you take a booster dose of tetanus once in every ten years. So, if you have not taken any then...  Read Full »

What are the possibilities of infection spread from an unsterile needle during my TT injection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got a TT injection in deltoid of left arm today from a local hospital. After loading injection in casualty the nurse called to injection room, I sat there, nurse cleaned my arm with spirit. After cleaning, I noticed that the preloaded syringe with the needle was kept on the bed...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good to know that you are careful with healthcare. Firstly I would like to know what was the reason to take a TT injection? On a general note, the injection needle scenario you described is completely safe from most serious viral infections, but only a few bacteria may ...  Read Full »

I took the tetanus vaccine last week for a minor cut. Do I need to repeat it for an accidental needle prick today

Query: Hi doctor, I have taken tetanus vaccine (Adsorbed) I.P. due to a cut by a steel object last week. However, there was no bleeding. Today I had a needle prick on my left thigh while trying to sew one button of my pant, but there was no bleeding. It is just a small prick. So, I have two questions, 1) D...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the image you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). So my answers to your question are as follows: 1. Answer to your first question is, at present no need to take another tetanus injection ...  Read Full »

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 »

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