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Old 06-16-2012, 12:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My 3 year old hurt her finger. She says it was from a sofa she was playing on. She said it was "pokey". It really hurt. She wouldn't really let me look or touch. I didn't see anything but it was a few minutes or more after it happened. It bothered her longer than most  owies. Now I am afraid of tetanus. I hear sometimes that you can get it from little wounds like splinters. Maybe she was stuck by a pin or something. It was a wicker sofa.

 

I am in a bit of the panic mode.

 

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Tetanus is extremely rare. In the United States, there are about 30 cases per year (18 cases in 2009), and most are in heroin users and people over 40.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/tetanus.html

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but wouldn't it be rare if most people are getting vaxed for it?  The people who get it are probably people who didn't get a booster.

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Between 2001 and 2008, a span of 8 years, there were 233 cases of tetanus in the U.S.

(average of 29 cases per year).

 

In children 5-19 years, there were a total of 22 cases in 8 years (average of 3 per year).

27% had unknown vaccine status, 46% had no tetanus vaccines, 5% had 1 dose, 5% had 3 doses, and 18% had 4 or more doses.

 

There were no deaths from tetanus in children 5-19 years old

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6012a1.htm (Table 1)

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No, actually drug users and the elderly are most at risk of contracting tetanus due to immune system issues those people generally have.   i havent had a tetanus vax in 25yrs, and  my kids never got one. they are mostly grown now as well...my youngest is 16.   Tetanus spores are found mainly in horse dung/farms and contaminated soil....you should read up about it to ease your mind.  Tetanus is one of the most uncommon diseases to pick up.  And the vax is not 100% guaranteed, so assuming people who didn't get a booster caught tetanus, or assuming that people are protected from tetanus by being vaxed,  is moot.  

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but wouldn't it be rare if most people are getting vaxed for it?  The people who get it are probably people who didn't get a booster.

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Did it bleed? Blood would oxygenate the wound and flush it out pretty well. Tetanus is most risky on wounds that didn't bleed. Did you clean it well with soap and water and maybe H202? If so then I don't think you need to worry excessively, though trust me, I get it. I've been there.

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but wouldn't it be rare if most people are getting vaxed for it?  The people who get it are probably people who didn't get a booster.

Think of how many adults don't get boosters. And then think of how many adults get wounds and don't clean them well. And still there are not many cases a year (Canada only has 1-3 a year)I agree tetanus is a real concern in the world, but the risk does seem truly small.

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The best thing to do right now since you're not a vaxxing mama is to do the old soak the finger in epson salt and water deal. I was not vaxxed as a child and thats what my mom did. I never had issues with it. And I stepped on a few rusty nails in my time.
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i think i found it last night while she slep. A tiny little black splinter. 

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