Originally Posted by emmy526
tetanus spores are not lurking out there to attack anyone at any time...you actually have to come in contact with an object with the spores in it to contract tetanus, and then you have to let the spores infect the wound. Can you provide the link to the info you read where it says its always fatal, and anyone can get it at any time?
Let me clarify myself by saying that really, anyone can get tetanus, because anyone can come in contact with the spores through some sort of a wound. True, it is not common, thank goodness, but it is there. I was referring to Devaya's comment about if this would be a worry for a child over the age of two...which it certainly is. But thanks for clarifying that tetanus is less fatal than I had realized. Scroll down to the "Epidemiology" section in this CDC Surveillance Summary, and you will see that, while the greatest number of tetanus cases is in adults over the age of 20, there are still some cases reported in people under the age of 20, including 1 neonate. One of these cases contracted tetanus through a spider bite, others through ulcers, gangrene, abscesses, but most contracted it through some sort of acute trauma.