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I have attempted numerous times to get people (doctors/nurses/etc. included) to explain this to me. If a person has potentially been exposed to tetnus through a wound or what have you, how would getting a tetnus shot at that time prevent the disease? If you have already been exposed to it, then how on earth does being exposed to it through vaccine prevent it? A vaccine is supposed to cause an immune response and allow your body to fight it in the future, am I wrong? Then how would getting the shot after the fact prevent it? I hope I am explaining this properly. I honestly don't get it. Anyone know?<br>
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It wouldn't. And they know it. If there is really a chance of you getting tetanus because of an injury they will give you the globulin shot and not the regular TD.<br><br>
They are "protecting" you for the <i>next</i> injury. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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The treatment is a TIG injection, NOT a vaccination.<br><br>
If they offer the vax and not the TIG then they don't think the wound is a tetanus risk.<br><br>
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IF you've already been vaccinated for tetanus before, the shot might re-boost your immune response before the tetanus bacteria multiply in the wound long enough to start producing the toxin. S that would bring your chances of developing tetanus to basically zero.<br>
But that only works like that if you're already immune.
 

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It's just been driving me a bit nuts, because I want to understand... not only what may *actually* be going on here, but what health professionals *think themselves* is going on here. Every person I ask (and I have asked many, many doctors, nurses, etc. over the past year or so) has said that if you get that shot in there fast enough, that it will help. No doubt in their minds- it will help. How and the heck do they explain this to themselves? How can a preventative measure help after the fact? They don't seem to have an answer for me. Just that "It does." None of them have even seemed to know that a TIG injection exists, or that it is the treatment indicated in such a case. That, right there, speaks volumes about the frequency of the disease. The whole thing just bewilders me. I have actually had a nurse tell me that I *must* get a booster (haven't had one since early childhood), or that I will get tetnus- and that "No one survives tetnus." This, I know, is BS. So frustrating. I know, I know, I'm an idealist- but shouldn't people know what they're freaking peddling???<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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And, thank you, mamakay, for your response. It makes sense... what I don't get though, is that they give people boosters at the time of an injury typically when your time between them has lapsed to the point of ineffectiveness. So, in this case the shot would not be much good for the current injury/possible exposure. The thing that baffles me is that medical pros I seem to talk with think it will do some good, or even protect entiely in any case. If it doesn't, and if tetnus were terribly common, I would think we would see more cases in situations like this... but we don't. And the TIG is rarely offered. I, at least, haven't seen it offered. ER visits are pretty common in my world. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I honesty think a lot of docs and most nurses just really don't understand tetanus vax or risk. My mom is a RN and has been "ok" with my not vaxing #2 except for tetanus because "it is always lurking out there, anyone can get it, and it is always fatal". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Every time she catches wind of even the most minor scratch that my kids incur she is on the phone hounding me to get a tetanus shot - (insert dramatic tone and emotion) "just that one, I BEG of you!! THe rest are fine but you don't want her to die of tetanus". She looked at me like I was insane when I told her of the immunoglobulin treatment. She would have crapped a brick has she heard about DS's accident with a pair of used garden shears last summer! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Heck, *I* freaked and I know better.
 
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