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my dd is a runner now, a barefoot, poop-picking-up (and dare i say it....tasting...) full fledged toddler.<br><br>
we have rusty metal stuff like plows, nails, ect in the barns, fields, its a farm<br><br>
So do i worry that shes non-vaxed for tetanus? I know its only really and issue with major puncture wounds, but I am waiting for that which i expect any time now. I grew up here on this farm, and I had lots of those.<br><br>
Any other farm moms non-vaxing? Do your kids eat goat food and chicken poop too?
 

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Goat food and chicken poop eating kiddo here! LOL My son did receive his initial vaccines but we won't be doing boosters when the time comes. I'm 35 and work in Agriculture and live on a small farm. I don't do tetanus boosters either.<br><br>
I guess I feel the evidence (and it's been a while since I did the research) wasn't supoprtive that the booster was mecessary if initial immunity had been acheived.<br><br>
Now, that said, tetanus vaccine was something we decided to do initially because it is prevalent in some soils and it isn't something you can develop a natural immunity to. Even potentially lethal infections don't raise titre levels in the blood. That's unusual in bacterial infections I think. Maybe because the toxin produced by the bacteria cause the response rather thant he bacteria itself?<br><br>
I suppose you could find a way to test the soils in your area? Or even see if research had been done in your area on that. I'd be interested to know just how prevalent it is in my area.
 

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Vaxing is such a personal choice. We do a selective/delayed schedule. We live on a 230 yr old farm and have animals. Tetnus is one vax we did decide to do.<br><br>
Edited to add we were able to get the tetnus only shot.
 

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Personally I would like to get the tetanus vaccine alone for my kids when we move to the country, but unfortunately it is not available as a single vaccine in Canada. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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dont live on a farm, but visit them often, my daughter will be starting preschool on one next year <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The main reason we havent done tetanus (we havent done any vax) is because i figured if something happens then we go to the hospital and she gets a shot, why do it preventatively? I think you have a big window to get the shot in once there's puncture, but i didnt think she could get anything from animals or poop.... she does stick her hands in her mouth constantly so there is no way i could prevent say her falling in goat poop which is everywhere on the farm or sheep poop and then sticking her hands in her mouth before they are washed
 

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We are a non vaxing farm family too with 4 young kids.. I have looked into getting Tetanus on its own but we are Canadian too and it is not available up here until after age 7 but they will give the Tig shot if they deem it necessary in an unvaxed child.<br>
Our 2 year old had stitches last week on his chin and we were bugged by the doctor about him not having tetanus. I phoned public health after (they give vaxes here in BC) and was asked a list of questions to see if he qualified for Tig but he didn't.. There were a number of things, manure filled cut that didn't bleed, frostbite, lose if limb to missile, a strange list of questions!! They also give you the scare tactic of 3 people dying last year alone on Vancouver Island from it and how deadly it is etc...<br>
Tetanus is the one I go back and forth on but after I read how rare it is I stick with our plan to not vax. For now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was advised by my NMD that it wasn't nessisary, he said that tetnus is a real risk only in a puncture would with a rusty nail that was stuck in manure that didn't bleed and didn't get washed out well. Since I don't think something like that will happen, I am not worried and stand by our no vaxing status.
 

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DH isn't comfortable with it as a preventative measure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm neither here nor there. I would probably have it done, and yet I'm not violently for it either. If I was, I would have dh swayed in no time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But his calls have always been good.
 

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Oh, now why didn't I think of that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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thanks for all the thoughts. after re-reading all the tetanus info i went over back when we decided not to vax, i feel allot more at ease. It also helps knowing im not the only one living like this, making these choices. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I think I will contact the FB and ask them if they have any info, but I, not very confident they will be very helpful..... i seem to get a machine everytime ive called.....and then someone who doesnt really know....
 

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Honestly, if there was a tetanus-only vaccine available for kids, its the one (and ONLY) vaccine I'd seriously consider. But, as there isn't, I just keep an eye on DS1 and make sure any/all cuts/scrapes are appropriatly cleaned/taken care of... which isn't hard considering he's 2 and tells me about them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> When he gets old enough for the tetanus-only, I might reconsider but it'll depend hugely on where we're living - if we're still out here with chickens, goats, & old rusty fences/fence posts I might vax him for it. But if we're in the city, I doubt it.
 

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We get tetanus alone here in Nova Scotia!<br><br>
ETA: Yes, for older kids. I wasn't thinking about the little ones.
 

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We don't vax. We live on a small farm. There's poo of some sort everywhere. There are also wild animals and their poo. There has only ever been one incident (so far) that involved a puncture wound. Nail sticking out of a chicken coop. I opened it up and made it bleed and hydrogen peroxided it and kept it covered and moist for several days so the inside could heal before the outside. I wasn't worried a bit.
 

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Four little kids, poop, and no vaxes here. Tetanus is a vaccine that I have a family history of reacting to. I'm not taking chances with it.
 

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Check out the vaxing board--my understanding was that the person who created the tetanus vax, didn't believe the benefits outweighed the risks.<br><br>
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We have chickens and DD is often outside playing in the dirt. She digs up all kinds of random debris of metal and broken pottery in our yard!<br><br>
We decided not to do any vaxes. The tetanus one was actually the last one I lingered over. I did a lot of research about it, I wish I still had the links saved! I swear I read a study where there was a certain number of non-vaxed elderly people who grew up on farms that they tested for tetanus immunity and the majority of them were found to be immune. I'm going to google and see if I can find that again.
 

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This isn't the exact study I remembered reading, but it's a similar idea.<br><br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC261948/" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC261948/</a><br><br>
There is a pdf article with all the details.
 

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We do not vax for tetnus or anything else. I really looked into the tetanus vaccine because we live on a crusty, rusty farm. I found twelve cases of tetanus in children in the last twenty years in the US. Half of the children were fully vaccinated the other half were not. No one died some had 3 month long hospital stays so ya serious. I looked at each case individualy to understand as much as I could.<br><br>
I then looked at all the PROVEN cases of tetanus vaccine reactions ranging from mild to death and there were over 250+ cases. So we made our choice.<br><br>
We do stay on top of proper wound care. Tetanus can not thrive around oxygen so we let puncture wounds bleed and not heal on the surface before deeper healing. We also have Ledum (I think) for a homeopathic tetanus remedy. I am really glad I looked into it and I was able to intelligently surprise my doctor with my excellant research in the moment the vaccine pressure came again. She has not pressured me again and even said she SUPPORTED my decision.
 
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