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I have a few questions about the tetanus shot
Since you are a surgeon and sports medicine specialist, I am wondering if this is an appropriate question for you...
Ok. I had a tetanus booster 9 years ago (March '04). I slipped this afternoon on outside steps that had rusty metal. I cut my arm - I don't know what I cut it on but maybe the rusty metal. It wasn't a real deep cut but deeper than skin and bled some.
1) Should I get a tetanus booster now? (Does the benefit outweigh the risk?)
2) If so, should I do that at the ER tonight or at the after-hours tomorrow at my doctor's office (or at CVS - I believe their pharmacy offers)
3) I asked my parents if I received the series of tetanus shots as a child. They can't find my records but they assume I did. I guess my doctor assumed I did when I got the booster 9 years ago. Can they look that up in a database? If I never had those, then I should get that instead of the booster, right?
4) Was reading online. What shot is it - DTAP, TDAP, or DT?
5) Is an accurate tetanus titer available with check results instead?
I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.
1. In the reference you gave me, I'm seeing 10 years. The only thing related to 5 is: "A tetanus toxoid–containing vaccine MAY be recommended as part of standard wound management in adults aged 19 years and older if it has been at least 5 years since last receipt of Td; if a tetanus booster is indicated, Tdap is preferred to Td for wound management in adults aged 19 years and older who have not received Tdap previously
So, it sounds like it depends on what the person received? I don't know if the ER will have access to my doctor's office records.
3. As I said, I had a booster 9 years ago, but I don't know if I received the initial 3 shots. In that case, wouldn't I need the initial 3 shots?? Can they find this in a database?
4. What booster do I need - Tdap or Td, etc.?
5. So no concern about serious reactions of the shot due to acute or chronic illnesses?
I am going to pay for this, but I'm a little frustrated that it doesn't seem this is your area of expertise.
For question #3 - My GP is not the same doctor that would have given the initial shots as a baby....So is the database you're referring to him going through a main database - do those exist? If so, I guess he concluded that I received the initial 3 shots when he gave the booster 9 years ago.
For question #4 - Is the reaction to vaccine extremely low in the case of acute illnesses also?