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Almost 3 years ago I heard Dr. Bob Sears speak at the LLLI conference. I walked away having decided that my then 4 yo now 7 yo would not get his 'kindergarten' shots but would receive a tetanus vax at his 7 year check up. Well that check up is in 2 weeks and I have been told that a tetanus only vax does not exist. I do want him to have it. He has received 3 DTaP. Any thoughts on what to do? I have been looking and looking and cannot find any information for a child that is partially vaxed (he was up to date according to the AAP until he turned 5). I would appreciate any thoughts, opinions and/or information you can give. Thanks! <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 could be wrong, but I thought it was only the pertussis portion of the vaccine that was the reason for all the DTaPs in childhood. I _thought_ the tetanus portion was supposed to last a lot longer, and since you've already done it 3x, you may be set.<br><br>
I _think_ the age of 7 years is because the TT vaccine is licensed for people age 7 and up--definitely check, maybe I'm remembering wrong.
 

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If he's received 3 DTaP, he should be good to go.<br><br>
You are right that there is no single tetanus vax for a 7yo. It's TD. I recently got this for my own 7yo ds, after he'd had two DTaP during the year he was 6.
 

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There is a TT for age 7 and up.<br><br>
Te Anatoxal Berna (Anatoxal Te) Adsorbed Tetanus Vaccine<br>
Manufacturer Swiss Serum & Vaccine Institute<br>
Microorganism Tetanus<br>
Licensed<br>
Recommendations Two 0.5 ml intramuscular injections 4 to 8 weeks apart. Primary immunisation is completed by a third injection after 6 to 12 months<br><br>
Ingredients <a href="http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/results.asp?sc=29" target="_blank">Thimerosal</a>, <a href="http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/results.asp?sc=43" target="_blank">Sodium chloride</a>, <a href="http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/results.asp?sc=44" target="_blank">Aluminum phosphate</a>, <a href="http://www.novaccine.com/vaccine-ingredients/results.asp?sc=47" target="_blank">Tetanus formoltoxoid</a>. Product Description <a href="http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/Datasheet/t/Teanatoxalvac.htm" target="_blank">http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/Dat...natoxalvac.htm</a><br><br>
From:<a href="http://www.novaccine.com/specific-vaccines/vaccine.asp?v_id=37" target="_blank">http://www.novaccine.com/specific-va...ne.asp?v_id=37</a>
 
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