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#1 of 5 Old 06-06-2012, 04:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have a question , and even though I am almost sure , that I have nothing to worry about , I still wanted to hear some opinions .

I received all my vac boosters in August of 2006 , including my tetanus shot !

In January of this year , I developed a severe sepsis after I had to have a tooth pulled and the dentist failed to give me precautionary antibiotics .

I have since recovered from it , but my immune system still feels a bit more fragile than it normally is ( I am usually a very strong , healthy person )

However , this morning I somehow managed to step on a rusty nail !

Now my question , should I have my tetanus shot boosted or is it more likely , that I don´t need to , especially since I have been fully vacced since birth and have never let it lapse ?

I´d appreciate some input !


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I think given your recent health history I would get your rusty nail wound checked out by a doctor. They could best advise if you should get a new Tetanus shot. 

 

Hope you are OK. 


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Is the wound bleeding? Tetanus spores cannot grow in oxygenated blood, so that is one big thing to consider.  Keeping the wound clean will prevent any other infection from setting in.


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Well , I went to the doctor and he said , since I had full vaccination since I was a baby , my immunity will not be compromised by the sepsis I had .

Plus , the last shot was less than 6 years ago , that makes it still quite " fresh " joy.gif


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That's right. Your most recent booster will protect you against tetanus with this incident. Your next tetanus booster should be 2015-2016. :) 


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