There are 4 forms of tetanus immunization.The DTaP vaccine
is a "3-in-1" vaccine that protects against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. It can be given to children less than 7 years old. It is injected, usually into the arm or the thigh. DTaP is a safer version of an older vaccine known as DTP, which is no longer used in the United States.The DT vaccine
is a "2-in-1" vaccine that can be given to children less than 7 years old. It does not contain pertussis vaccine, but does contain vaccine that protects against diphtheria and tetanus. It is injected, usually into the arm or thigh.The Td vaccine is the "adult" vaccine.
It contains a slightly different dose of diphtheria vaccine than the DT vaccine. It can be given to anyone older than 7 years old. It is injected, usually into the arm.Tetanus vaccine (T vaccine)
can be given as a single vaccine, but this is not generally available. It is also injected, usually into the arm.
|Tetanus immune globulin is not actually a vaccine. It is a preparation that is made from serum (part of the blood) from a person or animal (such as a horse) that contains antibodies against tetanus.
It provides immediate, short-term protection against the disorder, but does not provide long-term immunization.
It can be used when someone is believed to have been exposed to the bacteria -- such as when a person steps on a rusty nail or gets cut outdoors in a situation where soil may have entered the wound.
I would bet your kids had one of the combination vaccines. They tell us one thing and give another... but I don't know that for a fact.