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We haven't decided which, if any, vaccinations we will give our daughter who is 6-months-old. However, I think about her running around when she is older and I don't want to go to pieces with worry every time she scrapes her knee and gets dirt in it, so I am seriously considering getting a tetanus vaccine for her when she is one or two years old. I brought this up with my pediatrician and he said you cannot separate them, I have to get the DTP or or nothing. He said the singular tetanus shot is for 7 year olds. He said I could check with the health department.

For those who separate the multi shots, how do you get ahold of them and how expensive are they?

When should I probably get this vaccine?
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I was worried about tetanus too. But I actually had to come to terms with it *first* as I'm allergic/reactive to that vax and therefore don't feel comfortable giving it to my kids.

What I found with my research is that tetanus has ALWAYS been incredibly rare, especially in children.

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Wow. Possibly your allergy is fortuitous for your family.

Thanks for the reply. I worry because a lot of the research I have done is conflicting.

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Wow. Possibly your allergy is fortuitous for your family.

Thanks for the reply. I worry because a lot of the research I have done is conflicting.

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BellaRose,

What are the stats for your state (or country)?

Number of cases
Age
Did the patient seek treatment or not
Complications, if any
Deaths, if any

I always thought Tetanus was what the elderly, diabetic and farmers got...and they had trouble with it when they refused medical treatment or were already immunocompromised.

It'd have to be a pretty nasty, deep, nonbleeding, dirty cut to cultivate Tetanus. I bet a mama who is posting to learn more about her child's health wouldn't let such a cut fester in the first place.

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I live in the US and the stats from the 90s were less than 50 morbidity out of 560 cases nationwide. I am not sure of the stats for the state specifically.
I know that is ridiculously low but it seems everyone attributes that to vaccinations.
I think part of it was just the way I was raised. If ever anyone stepped on a nail it was cause for alarm and Tetanus was always mentioned.

Speaking of farmers, I have read that Tetanus actually has more to do with farm animal excretions than rust (I don't know where the rusty nail thing came from). My family owns horses and lots of other creatures so I guess that is where the worry came in.

I don't know, in all the research I have done, Tetanus and Polio just seemed to stand out as being actually vaccine preventable. We'll see.

That's a very valid point about letting it fester. I think it also has to be infected before Tetanus is a concern. Is this an old wives tale or is it true that infections can be spotted by a red line leading away from the cut (presumably in the blood stream)? I was taught to look out for that as a child.

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Thanks for the reply. I worry because a lot of the research I have done is conflicting.

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My allergy was great for my family. It's what started me researching each and every disease and vax. The ones everyone seems to want most are pertussis and tetanus, and really, I didn't feel comfortable giving either to my kids (since both involve tetanus)

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I don't know, in all the research I have done, Tetanus and Polio just seemed to stand out as being actually vaccine preventable. We'll see.
And along those lines, remember that the polio vax currently in use in the US is NOT the one credited with eliminating polio.

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