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My 10 year old child stepped on a nail. Ive cleaned and bandaged

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My 10 year old child stepped on a nail. I've cleaned and bandaged the puncture on his foot but I don't remember when his last technis shot was. Is this something I need to schedule immediately?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 7 years ago.


Kindly look in to his immunization chart and see how many doses of tetanus toxoid have been given.

If the number of doses given is less than 3 then he needs treatment.

If the wound is clean and is small and if has had less than 3 doses before, he needs only tetanus toxoid (TT). If the wound is not clean, he may need a tetanus toxoid along with tetanus immunoglobin.


It would be better to give Td instead of just TT alone.




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Is this something that can wait until Monday or do I need to take him in to an all hours clinic?
Expert:  Dr.R.K replied 7 years ago.


It has to be given early to be effective. Waiting until Monday is not advised.

I would like to inform again that if he has not had three doses before he needs the shot.

Also even if he has had 3 doses and if the last dose was more than 5 years ago he still needs a shot.



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