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I asked this question on mountain chick's thread, but decided to make a new one- hopefully someone out there will see it and be able to answer.<br><br>
Is the tetnus shot a vax or is it a shot of the anti-toxin that is produced by the tetnus bacteria? When someone steps on a nail, and they go in for a "tetnus shot," are they giving them a booter vaccination, or do they give them a shot of anti-toxin? Is the anti-toxin only given after lockjaw sets in? I mean, if someone has whooping cough or chicken pox, getting a vaccination isn't going to help at that point, when they're already sick or have been exposed.
 

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The CDC Pink Book pages on tetanus should your questions regarding protocol:<br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/tetanus.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/tetanus.pdf</a>
 

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From what I have read: the tetanus shot is considered a vaccine. It is actually a wee bit of the poison that the tetanus spores (under the right circumstances) produce.<br><br>
You need several of this poisons to get used to the poison being in your body. This way whey you actually get tetanus (which is so unlikely, not even worth mentioning...) your body is all used to the poison and won't react.<br><br>
It is a bit like getting used to smoking. The first cigarette will tear you up, the second is just as bad, the third you'll be able to tolerate, and forth you know you can stand and the fifth ...you are used to the poison of nicotine. (Something like that)<br><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;">When someone steps on a nail, and they go in for a "tetnus shot," are they giving them a booter vaccination, or do they give them a shot of anti-toxin?</td>
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They are given a Tetanus immune globulin. That is not actually a vaccine. It is a preparation that is made from serum (part of the blood) from a person or animal (such as a horse) that contains antibodies against tetanus.<br>
In other words that horse has already had several boosters of the tetanus poison and has gotten used to it. The blood serum of that animal is injected into your blood and that gives you a better chance of your body not reacting.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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No it is given at the time of injury. Any injury.
 

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They are given a Tetanus immune globulin. That is not actually a vaccine. It is a preparation that is made from serum (part of the blood) from a person or animal (such as a horse) that contains antibodies against tetanus.<br>
In other words that horse has already had several boosters of the tetanus poison and has gotten used to it. The blood serum of that animal is injected into your blood and that gives you a better chance of your body not reacting.<br><br><br>
No it is given at the time of injury. Any injury.</div>
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Actually, Gitti--they are SUPPOSED to get tetanus immunoglobulin, but they don't always. Most times they are just given a tetanus booster which does nothing in the event that they were actually infected with tetanus. This just happened with a friend of mine who put a contstruction staple through his finger. They gave him a regular tenatus booster shot.
 
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