Sunday night my dd (8 yrs) stepped on a nail, and it was in about half an inch. The wound bled afterwards, plus the nail had been on the floor in her room, so not an anaerobic environment. She had three rounds of DTaP as an infant before we stopped vaccinating. However, yesterday she started experiencing symptoms that match up with those of tetanus: a headache, sore throat, sore tummy, mild fever and possibly a sore neck. It *could* be tetanus, or maybe it's just a virus or other infection. Her sister had a fever last weekend, and I'm just getting over something.
But because tetanus has such a high fatality rate, we feel we need to get her checked. Our family doc isn't in, so we're thinking emerg. What kinds of treatments are they going to offer, and are they necessary? Should I decline a tetanus shot? I'm not feeling very confident in my decision not to vaccinate right now.