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My finger got smashed in a door last night and I went to the ER. The check-in nurse asked if my vaxes, especially tetanus, were up-to-date. They are, because I'm in the military, but I asked him why I'd need a tetanus vax anyway. There wasn't even any broken skin. I said "I can understand a TIG if it's a puncture wound, but what's the point of the tetanus vax at that point?" He didn't even look at me and mumbled something about the doctor maybe recommending it. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.<br><br>
Thankfully, the doctors and nurses I saw after I was admitted didn't even mention vaxes.
 

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The "tetanus shot" people talk about being administered in emergency rooms really aren't vaccines. The shot is an immune globulin that provides antibodies for the tetanus bacteria, but not "immunity" as vaccines are reported to do.<br><br>
Plus, if your wound did not break the skin, you are not in danger of tetanus.
 

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Yes, the TIG I asked him about that he seemed to have no clue about.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The "tetanus shot" people talk about being administered in emergency rooms really aren't vaccines. The shot is an immune globulin that provides antibodies for the tetanus bacteria, but not "immunity" as vaccines are reported to do.<br><br>
Plus, if your wound did not break the skin, you are not in danger of tetanus.</div>
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Incorrect. TIGG is very <i>rarely</i> offered. People are usually offered the regular tetanus <i>vaccine</i> in the ER. TIGG is what should be given if someone has a tetanus-prone wound and has not had the first 3 shots in the tetanus series. If you've had the first 3 in the series, they will give you the vaccine. If the wound doesn't look particularly dangerous, they will give you the vaccine. If the wound does look dangerous and you haven't had the first three in the series, they will give you both. They NEVER offer only the immune globulin. EVER. The ONLY way you will EVER be offered only the TIGG is if you refuse the vaccine when they offer both.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The "tetanus shot" people talk about being administered in emergency rooms really aren't vaccines. The shot is an immune globulin that provides antibodies for the tetanus bacteria, but not "immunity" as vaccines are reported to do.<br></div>
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That's not true. They can, and DO, administer Td, or TT, to adults in the ER because of wounds. Tig doesn't provide antibodies to the bacteria; it neutralizes the toxin. The bacteria isn't the problem, it's the toxins the bacteria produces. They might give you Tig, but if they do, it will normally be in <i>addition</i> to a vaccine.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"># If the patient has not had tetanus immunization in the past 5 years, give adult tetanus and diphtheria toxoid (Td) 0.5ml im. Give pediatric diptheria and tetanus toxoid (DT) to children under seven years old.<br>
# If there is any doubt the patient has had his original series of three tetanus immunizations, add tetanus immune globulin (e.g., Hyper-Tet) 250mg im, and make arrangements for him to complete the full series with additional immunizations at 4 to 6 weeks and 6 to 12 months.</td>
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While reading about tetanus, I have also come across some less than rave reviews about the efficacy of Tig when treating actual tetanus infections. Of course the party line is "prevention is more effective than treatment".<br><br>
For a crushed finger.... it just proves once again the crushing incompetence of education re: vaccines. "Vaccines are safe and good, diseases kill people, that's all you need to know, now on to chapter seven"
 

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I stand corrected, ladies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> Thanks for the info.<br>
ETA: I had another post in the main forum about daycare centers requiring vax. I just wanted to pass on that I have learned so much from this forum and how you mamas never cease to amaze me with your depth of knowledge. I'm still learning a lot about vaccines, so I appreciate it if someone calls me on any bad info! I don't want to be responsible for another novice getting bad info! You mamas are great!
 
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